Novak Djokovic Discusses His Life Story On Italian TV [Video]
by Tom Gainey | April 8th, 2014, 10:04 am
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World No. 2 Novak Djokovic appeared on Italian TV over the weekend. The recent Miami and Indian Wells champion discussed his game and his life story (in Italian!) on Rai’s “Che Tempo Che Fa” show Sunday night in Milan.

Djokovic will defend his 2013 Monte Carlo title next week when he joins rival Rafael Nadal and possibly Roger Federer in the first big clay event of the season.


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39 Comments for Novak Djokovic Discusses His Life Story On Italian TV [Video]

contador Says:

Nole looks great. I like his hair grown out on top with it shorter on the sides – very nice :D

can’t wait for MC!


contador Says:

He is so fluent in Italian, too. jane, nole fans. I hope you have seen this! you gotta watch it … adorable.
:D ;) sounds like it is his ‘primo lingua’


Anna Says:

Have to admit, am a Roger fan, and I’m also Italian, but have to say that Novak speaks Italian to perfection! – most impressed! – well done Novak!


Wheels Says:

Funny that Rafa fans never comment on anything positive about Djokovic. Even the so called fair minded ones find a way to diss him. The guy is pretty smart and articulate and a TV hosts dream interview. Perhaps a career in television would be good when he retires.


SkeEzEr Says:

@wheels
You will never find a rafafanantic “smart and articulate”, rather a classic bully tactic ” hit to da BH” fan. Obviously, most of this kind are more infactuated with “biceps” and “butt” of this mostly one surfaced dominate individual.
Nole is articulate, obviously knows and appreciates his global prescense, and is respectful to the game and its players. There is no “almost impossible” and “always difficult” fake premises, which in its analysis is pompous and arrogant. For sure not “Humble”.


Margot Says:

Isn’t Nole fluent in at least 5 languages?


harry Says:

@Margot — I don’t think so… He seems fluent in 3 langs, but he seems to be able to get by in 5. ie he is good in Serbian, English, and Italian. I heard him speak German and French on youtube: his French is really basic (he can get his wine in French!), and his German is marginally better than his French.


Margot Says:

Cheers, harry. But expecting his German to start radically improving soon. Unless…unless…;)


Hippy Chic Says:

Wheels/Skeezer i was interested to watch this,but unfortunatly the interview is spoken in Italian so me been English i cannot understand a word of it,nothing to do with been a Rafa fan whos not interested in anything positive about Nole,i am interested in anything positive,but why drag Rafa into a thread about Nole?


A Tango Lad Says:

You mean you really don’t know why HC?


Hippy Chic Says:

And while we are at it what about all the posts on Andrea Petkovis title then,on the other thread,or should we only comment on Nole and the players we care about,does she not count as much as Nole,you know just applying the same standard??


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I was reading this thread last night and saw the comment about those mean old Rafa fans not saying anything about Nole. I listened to the video and didn’t have a clue what language he was speaking. It could have been pig Latin for all I know. When I read the bicep and butt reference I chose to ignore the whole thread. Glad you chose to, however. There was absolutely no need to bring up Rafa and his fans! Go figure……..


Translated Age Says:

Okiegal,
Great post at 9:33. U see the light.


metan Says:

Why should give a comment for things that we don’t understand at all?


Okiegal Says:

@TA………Yes I do!

@Metan ^^^

Exactly!!


Slice Tennis Says:

That day there was a complaint that Rafa fans did not congratulate Fed for beating an unknown player is a davis cup match and today he complains that Rafa fans did not appreciate Nole for talking Italian.
LMAO.
Too desperate.
Skeezer,
Don’t cry, come to me, i’ll get you a candy.
LOL


Translated Age Says:

Careful ST or he might challenge you to a virtual interwebs tennis date.

Game. Set. Match.
Humb1e.


Slice Tennis Says:

He will only challenge, but he will turn up.
LMAO.


Slice Tennis Says:

I meant he will NOT turn up.
LOL


Wheels Says:

OOPS, I think I hit a nerve. To respond I don’t believe that I dragged Rafa into my post. Rafa, Fed or Nole are not responsible for the bickering of their fans. From what I have read on previous posts, I doubt that understanding Italian would have made a difference and perhaps it is better because the interview could not be picked apart as per usual


Hippy Chic Says:

Wheels i believe you said funny how Rafa fans dont seem to comment on anything positive about Nole,your the one who chose to make an issue about it,i merely gave you some feed back,as i said i was interested to see the interview but im English and this interview was in Italian,i have seen interviews by Nole before and he comes accross as very articulate,and i have always commended him for it,hes had a difficult childhood and hes made good in the world of tennis,its a shame you decided to play judge,jury and executioner,rather than looking at the bigger picture….


metan Says:

So @wheels is the guy who wears the black robe, argh!


Wheels Says:

Sorry folks, I was just borrowing the black robe from some of you. I believe I said some Rafa fans, therefore if you are not an offender, it shouldn’t apply to you. There is no room for indignation if you have worn the same black robe to make judgmental remarks about a players nationality, appearance, parents and character from just your own perception or bias. By the way, I would say the same for fans of any player. Enough of the travelling robe saga and sorry to have ruffled your feathers.


Steve27 Says:

Is interesting than some people are amazed with somepone who speaks “fluently” a different language than their own. Lazy people I think of!
Come on!. The surprise will be if the English speakers are interested in learn a language so different than theirs like the second most important language in the world!


Hippy Chic Says:

I have never made judgemental comments about a players nationality,appearance or parents,i have often said how much i admire Novaks achievements in tennis,especially as a young man whos had a tough childhood and made good in the tennis world,although race and religion mean nothing to me personally so i leave them out of sport,the thing i dont care to make a big deal about, and i have and will say it about all the players ,is making an issue and the back slapping and fawning appreciation that goes with players promoting foundations,dont get me wrong as i think its all noteworthy,its iritating to me so i just dont care to make a song a dance about it all,same with Autobiographies if others are interested in everything to do with the rich and famous fine fair enough their perogative,it just doesnt interest me….


Okiegal Says:

I bought 3 books to try to learn another language. Guess what it was? Spanish…….in honor of my favorite tennis player. The only thing I learned in Spanish was numero uno!! LOL


Wheels Says:

@ Hippy Chick, As i said, my comments did not address all fans only the offensive ones and that includes offensive fans of any players. I feel the urge to comment on Djokovic’s treatment because it has been pointed out to me by other bloggers on various sites.Point in fact, you don’t see Russian player called barbarians and thugs because of the Crimean situation, as was Djokovic and his camp due to his homeland’s civil war,and rightly so. This could change if they were a serious threat to the top echelon, I suppose. Good on you if you get in on the biased attacks. I read several tennis sites and the reoccurring theme seems to be that bloggers leave because of the hostile atmosphere. Too bad, because tennis is the common interest and one day Rafa, Federer, Nole ect will be gone, and I, for one,will miss their great rivalries.


Hippy Chic Says:

Wheels thanks for the feedback,i wouldnt say i dont have annymosity towards Novak, as i suppose everyone has to a certain degree when it comes to their favorites rivals,and they would be lying IMO if they said otherwise,but i certainly dont bring hate into sport,or bring players upbringings,nationalities,appearance,or result to name calling etc,i know there is alot of people here that takes things to a personal level,as far as im concerned what Novak does and continues to do in tennis is incredible,the same with all these players….


nadalista Says:

Jeez Nolefans, get over yourselves. Novak is not the only multilingual tennis player out there. Here is Rafa conducting an interview in fluent Italian at MC 2014:

http://www.mobypicture.com/user/lucamedichini/view/16766875

Us Rafans are not going to pant and go into a lather about it……….Rafa’s just being Rafa.

Ahem, he’s also fluent in……..clay court tennis!


Slice Tennis Says:

Great post Nadalista.

Its ok if these fanatics want to celebrate mediocrity by hyping up his language skills…..but it gets funny when they expect others to do it as well.

The job of a top tennis player is to beat his opponents and win titles….big titles.
Rafa holds two slams at present….how many slams Nole has now ?


Wheels Says:

Slice Tennis,sorry to burst your bubble if you are referring to me since I divide my loyalty to several players. By the way, there are about 98% of players in the top 100 that would kill for such mediocrity. that has to be one dumb a**ed remark if I ever heard one! I just proved my point about SOME Rafa fans only appearing to bad mouth opponents. By the way genius, Rafa is one of the players I follow.


skeezer Says:

“Here is Rafa conducting an interview in fluent Italian at MC 2014:”
Wow, really? You really want to go there with Rafa’s multi langauge abilities after all those “fluent” english interviews? Lol.
#toofunny
#not
#almostimpossible
#alwaysdifficult


Okiegal Says:

A lot of non Rafa fans like to belittle him about his English speaking ability. I think Rafa has improved so much. There is still a language barrier in different meanings of words. I would love to see how fluent the Rafa naysayers would speak Spanish!!
People can be so critical and mean spirited!

Novak speaks other languages beautifully!! Rafa fan giving a compliment to another player other than Rafa!!


skeezer Says:

@Okiegal
My remark was only in response to the usual over zealous infactuation of Rafa by the nadalistas. He can do NO wrong to his Cult. Even when it comes to language skills and education.
But its the Clay season, guess it should be expected ;). The puffy chests are coming out that disappeared at AO. Bring on the one stroke monster of Clay.
#daClaydaClay!


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer

I can’t believe you don’t think I’m an overzealous Rafa fan……because I’m pretty sure I am!! Lol


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal/Skeezer as i aready said i have a pretty sizeable chest,but im not one to brag about my physical attributes, or thrust my 34 double Ds out,for fear of giving someone a black eye,anyway personally i dont know about Rafas language skills,i have only ever been interested in his tennis skills,but as you say hes getting better,and he spoke French quite well at RG last year,Novak does speak Italian very well here,and Roger is multi lingual,no need to belittle anyone for their language skills or lack off….


John Says:

”as i aready said i have a pretty sizeable chest”.

lol- :)


Hippy Chic Says:

I learnt French at school which was a long time ago,but to be honest im still struggling with English,us Yorkshire folk seem to have a language all of our own….


Hippy Chic Says:

John so glad somebody gets my apparantly warped SOH :))….

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