Novak Djokovic: I Wasn’t Close To My Best Over The Summer, But It Was An Emotional Period
by Tom Gainey | August 23rd, 2014, 11:35 pm
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Novak Djokovic re-iterated his disappointment at his summer performance. The Serb who was married just a few days after his Wimbledon triumph, fell apart in third round losses at both Toronto and Cincinnati. But he says leading up to the US Open where he won a few years ago and has reached the finals the last four, he’s feeling better.

“I’m feeling better and better as the days go by,” Djokovic said on Saturday. “Yes, I wanted to do better in Canada and Cincinnati. Unfortunately I wasn’t even close to my best. But, you know, a lot of things happened in the last two months, and it was very emotional period. You know, I just felt a little bit flat on the court. I wasn’t managing to find that intensity and the perfect mindset. But, you know, it’s all normal. It’s something that I’m experiencing for the first time, right?”

Speaking of emotions, Djokovic and wife Jelena Ristic are expecting their first child in the coming months, an event even the World No. 1 is unsure of how he’ll handle. But once the baby comes, tennis won’t be his primary focus anymore.

“I’m going to see how that feels,” Djokovic said of the baby. “Obviously I talk with people who are around me who have children. As I said before, my coach and people who have been in similar situations like I am and how they dealt with that, how that has affected their careers, their mindset, their, you know, just overall life. I with no doubt have only positive and joyful feelings approaching fatherhood, and hopefully — it’s going to happen in less than two months. Then I’m going to enjoy it and try to take as much energy as I can, positive energy to transfer that to the tennis court.

“But without a doubt, life changes. You know, priorities change. My priorities, you know, my family, my wife, my future kid. You know, tennis is not definitely not No. 1 anymore.”

Djokovic opens up play Monday night against Diego Schwartzman.

“Obviously it’s never easy when you play against somebody you have never played against. He’s a young player from Argentina, and, sure playing on the center court for him is a great experience. He has nothing to lose. So my team is going to do scouting as much as possible and analyze his game and try to prepare myself.”


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23 Comments for Novak Djokovic: I Wasn’t Close To My Best Over The Summer, But It Was An Emotional Period

jane Says:

good luck nole: exciting times ahead, both on and off the court!


madmax Says:

Ditto Jane.

For me, Novak is the out and out favourite. I completely understand his priorities shifted slightly and I think that his affected his tennis in both Toronto and Cincinnati, but not irrevocably; he makes good in New York though, I think.

Good luck!


Michael Says:

I am not sure how his marriage and his anticipation of a child played a role in his under performance in recent tourneys. But what was evident was that Novak wasn’t the same player he was after he went through these rigours of marital life. That these familial issues influenced his game negatively cannot be wished away and it remains to be seen as to how Novak copes up with this and the US Open will be the best test case to see if Novak can live through it.


Okiegal Says:

There, he said it……tennis wont be his number one priority anymore. Novak is a classy guy, an awesome player and he will be a wonderful father and husband. A great guy……..good luck to him at the USO!!!


Hippy Chic Says:

I wouldnt have thought there was anything better in this world than becoming parents family obviously means alot to Novak,and it seems he cant wait to become a father,he is a soft and kind hearted guy with a lovely personality,im sure he and Jelena will make great parents,maybe he is realising theres more to life than tennis,best of luck to them both and little bambino Joker for the future anyway….


Wog boy Says:

Does anybody, really, expect that any person in their right mind will say that their profession is more important than their family? Just don’t quote Wawrinka, please.


Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy

Thanks for the reminder…..old Stan did take a
a STANd for career over family……I’d forgotten about that!!


jane Says:

wog boy, precisely!


Wog boy Says:

Okiegal, you are a smart woman, you don’t believe in that BS exuse to leave the wife and the child for tennis, do you?
Every man is a master to find exuse when he wants out of relationship, women are even better, they don’t leave until they secure new nest, they are more pragmatic than us, fact:)


Steve 27 Says:

Worhakolics!

I expect a deep run for Djokovic in this Open if his mind is in the right place but matches against Tsonga and Andy, especially the later, could be a coin in the air.


Hippy Chic Says:

Wogboy i dont believe there was anything in my post,where i actually belittled Novak,so i dont know if that was aimed at me,but i do do agree with yourself,Jane and Okiegal,and i believe Novak will make a lovely daddy….


Steve 27 Says:

But without a doubt, life changes. You know, priorities change. My priorities, you know, my family, my wife, my future kid. You know, tennis is not definitely not No. 1 anymore.”

In a pragmatic view of life we can say the Nadals, Federers, Djokovics, will be remembered for their sporting prowess not for the love that they felt for the family.
But what human can be alive without love?
Miguel de Unamuno said:
“Kisses are laughing, then crying go, and in them the life that will never return”
“When we dream someone dies, a part of us dies”.
and
“Very sad not to be loved, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.”

Will you sacrifice everything only for Inmotality, to be remembered in 100 years?
What is the cost of do it that?

The truth is only few people in the world can be trascend generations and at the same time have lived long enough to die with no regrets and I even this is not certain.
I guess Dkokovics path will prioritize the Self instead of Being.


Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy

There was a discussion on TX a few months ago about his divorce and career…..I commented then that there was more wrong with that marriage than his career……if you love someone enough you can work around that. I truly think the marriage was over anyway. About my smarts….well, I’m not a genius by any means, but smart enough not to believe one thing a man has to say about a relationship! lol BTW, I have a few lady friends that didn’t have a nest to go to after their divorce…..once was enough!! LOL


Okiegal Says:

I think Jelena will support him to the nth degree regarding his career. I have seen her at matches and she gets all into it…..just like Merika. It isn’t going to be a problem, after all tennis is his occupation! Now I am sure if he had a seriously ill child or wife….that’s when tennis will take a back seat. He can do both and will.


Wog boy Says:

HC,
Absolutely nothing to do with your post, just the way I see it.
If I have a problem with somebody else’s post I address that poster, it’s all good.


Wog boy Says:

@Okieagal,
Well, if they don’t have new nest they keep the old one ..and we have to leave with a suitcase, it is a win-win situation…not for us though.


Wog boy Says:

^^
“Okiegal”, sorry.


Okiegal Says:

@Wog

You got all the answers….poor babies……women rule…..stop whining….get used to it!! Lol


Hippy Chic Says:

Wogboy thanks for setting me straight,some people here are under the misconception that im some Nole hater,when nothing could be furthur from the truth,i do critique him as i have with all the players at times,even my favorites as i dont think any of them are perfect,im just not one of those fans that fawns over all the off court kitsch,and that goes for all players favorites and all, as it does get too much sometimes,but as i say im sure they will both make great parents….


Polo Says:

Hippy Chic, stop worrying about being misconstrued. Just blurt out anything that you want to tell the other readers. If only a handful get it, or even if nobody does, if that’s how you feel (as long as it’s not completely illogical) then it’s your prerogative.
Just don’t be offended if somebody disagrees.


Hippy Chic Says:

Thankyou Polo lol,no more tiptoeing around people,nobody cares what they say so exactly why should i?


Okiegal Says:

You have to be pretty thick skinned to post on TX….sometimes some little itty bitty comment can turn into a federal case, I know I’ve been there. The biggest tongue lashing I got on here was a fan of Rafa’s…….I was shocked. They took it as a real downer towards him and I merely stated he needs to speed things up a bit…..and he said the same thing……Oh, well…..


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal you have to be pretty thick skinned to post on TX lol,aint that the truth?


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