Novak Djokovic: I Miss The Competition, But These 5-6 Months Off Will Help Me Reorganize My Life
by Tom Gainey | September 29th, 2017, 10:00 am
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In a recent interview, Novak Djokovic talked about his new life with a second baby, daughter Tara, just welcomed to the world earlier this month and his rehab.

Via Google translation, here’s some of what he said.

“I miss a competition, but I do not know where I do not know what else to do. I have a lot of cool things in my life right now that happen to me. Of course, the most beautiful thing is that we and Jelena became my parents for the second time.

“I am glad that I have these five, six months to organize my life, set some foundations for my game and body, for the next I do not know how much year. I like to say that it’s 10 years, so we’ll see how much it will take in professional tennis.

“The end is not in sight. I want to move the boundaries, to continue to be perfected.”

It was also just revealed that Djokovic plans to keep Andre Agassi on staff. So while the Serb’s 2017 is done due to an elbow injury, he sounds fully intent on returning to top form in the new years.


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46 Comments for Novak Djokovic: I Miss The Competition, But These 5-6 Months Off Will Help Me Reorganize My Life

vince Says:

Good job Pepe!


gonzalowski Says:

I wish the best for Nole; but a part of me expects that he is not 100% still in AO and RG, so he can not beat Rafa… same for Andy. anyway I would really prefer that they are on top, for the sake of tennis


chrisford1 Says:

The one guy Rafa hates to play is Djokovic. How well Rafa will fare against him in 2018 is largely out of his hands, it is a matter of if Novak is fully recovered and hungry again. Few players motivate Djokovic to play his best more than Rafa. I worry about Djokovic’s hunger more than his level of recuperation – as far more than Rafa or Fed, Djokovic may not be in the affirmative when the internal question “Do I really want and need tennis?”

I will be interested, as a side matter, in how Rafa handles the matter of Catalonia independence. He is a Catalan, but has proudly represented Spain in the past.


Willow Says:

Rafa said about Djokovic, i like a challenge but im not stupid, people refer to the 7 defeats in 2011 (YAWN), but its not like Rafa hasnt beaten him since, like 3 times in 2012, 3 times in 2013, once in 2014, then Rafas level dropped in 2015, 2016, he also beat him this year, i dont know if Djokovic will rediscover his old form, but i do wish him the best, i just dont dont want to see an on going saga in the Djokovic rivalry urgh ….


Humble Rafa Says:

The only thing the Egg Lover will be hungry for in 2018 will be Pepe.

Pepe for lunch, Pepe for dinner and Pepe for life.

#forget tennis


gonzalowski Says:

chrisford1, interesting matter (for me at least);

Rafa is not catalonian, but balearic, the islands near Catalonia where a dialect of Catalan is spoken;
also one of its main sponsors is a bank of Catalonia; and his tennis club is Barcelona’s. He has been clear: “A Spain without Catalonia, I would not like to understand or see it. I believe that we have to make an effort to reach an understanding. of October 1 should not be produced because, from my point of view, everyone has to respect the laws…”

agree with him 100%


chrisford1 Says:

Appreciate the knowledge, gonzalowski.


t4t Says:

Nadal is not a Catalonian but he is a Catalan.In fact Catalonia is part of the territory called the Catalan countries of which the Balearic islands are a part.


gonzalowski Says:

well IMHO I’d say they are “brother territories”, culturally related, not one a part of it. Catalonian countries don’t exist politically (haven’t existed historically). Nationalism wants to bring things to its side.


Van Persie Says:

It is a crazy world….I really hope, this will not end with a civil war in Catalunya.


t4t Says:

Well I think the confusion arises because Catalonia is confused with Catalan whereas actually Catalonia is a part of Catalan countries ( which do not exist politically).
There are lots of small countries in East Europe. Why not have small countries carved out of Spain? From what Nadal says, it is only Catalonia which is seeking “independence” The rest of the Catalan territory is not part of the current movement though in time they may also secede if independent Catalonia becomes a reality.


gonzalowski Says:

t4t good question, it could be some time…


Emilia Says:

The Google translation was very poor but I am glad everybody got the essence…
In his team Djokovic will have one Argentinian, one Italian, Agassi of course and is now looking for one coach more.

Speaking of Cataluna, one must think of the reason why they want to be independent. Anyway so many small countries are treated according to DOUBLE STANDARD…


Giles Says:

^^^ You forgot the Spaniard! Lol


gonzalowski Says:

California or Texas could be small countries too… let it happen, no? if people requires it of course


t4t Says:

You are right gonzalowski. All over the world, people want to separate. In most cases, I suspect, it is the politicians who fan the flame of dissatisfaction. But in some cases, the people may feel a separate sense of identity. But the Supreme Court in US has ruled that States do not have the right to secede. I guess the Civil War proved it.


gonzalowski Says:

(the Spanish Constitution, of 1977, also does not recognize the right to secession)


t4t Says:

yes, but they do not have the lesson of a Civil War!


gonzalowski Says:

what!!! 1933-36 war, man.


gonzalowski Says:

sorry 36-39 :)


Wog Boy Says:

It’s is ok to support separatism in other countries, even get militarily involved on the side of separatists, but not in your own country or your allies.
International law…it must be two of them, one for me one for you?


t4t Says:

The Spanish Civil war did not teach the lesson that you cannot secede. It was an attempt by the military to overthrow the govt.The American Civil War was about secession. What? You did not know that?


t4t Says:

The Spanish Civil war did not teach the lesson that you cannot secede. It was an attempt by the military to overthrow the govt.The American Civil War was about secession. What? You did not know that?


t4t Says:

The Spanish Civil war did not teach the lesson that you cannot secede. It was an attempt by the military to overthrow the govt.The American Civil War was about secession. What? You did not know that?


Van Persie Says:

Yep WB, Kosovo issue kind of backfired in Europe.
Delicate situation now, curious how they will handle this


gonzalowski Says:

t4t I see your point, but too what WB says.
I’m nervous these days :(


J-Kath Says:

OK t4t:
I see the USA as having had two major issues: (a)Secession from the UK.
(b) The civil war between the North and South mostly related to abolition of slavery.

Also, I seem to recall my US-born husband relating attempts by Alaska to resist full integration as a US state…


t4t Says:

My post seems to have been submitted three times! Well I am not supporting secession in other countries. I am simply stating what is happening or has happened. Actually I was expecting the world to move towards greater unity. The unification of east and west Germany seemed to point in that direction. The European Union also pointed in the same direction. But no, people are not ready to give up their national or regional or cultural or linguistic or religious identity yet. So while some are trying to merge, others are trying to diverge. Eventually though ( maybe a thousand years or maybe more, who knows?), I expect a larger identity to emerge.


t4t Says:

The thirteen US states were colonies, not states of UK. I would describe it as a war of independence and not a civil war.


J-Kath Says:

t4t: Perhaps you are speed-reading? I said the civil war was between the North and South.

Professor Hawkins and his mates forecast that mankind’s next move will be to a new planet…and sooner rather than later (as we are polluting and over-populating the earth)….starting as early as 100 years from now.

Anyone for tennis??????????


gonzalowski Says:

yes thread was about Nole :))
(maybe he could give us an interesting opinion, taking into account what happened in the Balkans)

Btw Rafa beating Kachanov at the moment.
Tomorrow it could be a good match against Isner


t4t Says:

Sorry JK. I did not explain myself properly. It was more speed writing than reading. Never mind. Let us get back to tennis. Nadal vs Isner should be interesting. Isner played awesome today and in a best of three he definitely has chances against Nadal.


gonzalowski Says:

t4t I liked the conversation.
A hug for you!


J-Kath Says:

t4t: No problem.

Isner has become very interesting – “doing a Federer?” i.e. has become a real threat at a late stage in his career – regularly much better than previous 18 months – me thinks.


t4t Says:

Thanks gonzalowski, I enjoyed it too. Hug for you too!
yep, JK, many seem to be having Federites! Who knows, Isner may win a slam next year!


Willow Says:

J-Kath although Isners playing well into his later years, i dont think he moves as well on court as Federer, but i see what your saying, fantastic to have the older players on tour giving the young ones something to think about ….


Giles Says:

Lol. So Isner is serving better than before?


t4t Says:

Federites has influenced players not just by making them play better in their old age but also in making many call time on their season in the hope that they can come back next year and win grand slams! Raonic should also let the Federites bug work its magic and end his season now.


Willow Says:

I Dont know if hes serving better, but Isner always had a big serve, but he has holes in the other area of his game, his return game is terrible at times, and his movement is poor, which gets exposed against the top players, that move so much better ….


Wog Boy Says:

Nole will start his come back in Brisbane, it’s official.


Daniel Says:

Missed all the matches this, week, just saw a few hot shots on insta.

Isner vs Nadal shoudl be interesting, if Isner will build confidence after beating Nadal in Laver cup. His return game there wa son fire and ace count as well. He has to do it in 2 sets and serve more than 10-12 aces to have a chance.

Thiem, as last year, is fading later part of the season.
Zverev still delivering. Hope it is Zverev vs Kyrgios in semis, and probable Nadal x Dimi other side.

Cilic looks good for another tokyo title.

Eagerly wating for Shangai next week. Don’t want Nadal to win Beijing this week, 500 more points will almost close #1 for him and also it could be a cold bath for Federer’s chance in Shangai and #1 hopes.

Either way, if Fed doesn´t win Shangai, pretty much the race is over.
To have a chance he would have to win Basel (500), Paris (1000) and WTF (1500) to have a chance and that depending on Nadal’s results


Wog Boy Says:

Not quite official, not confirmed by Nole but Aussie media.


J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy:

Yes, read some of that – think Andy also returning then as well.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Yes, Rafa, Andy, Nole, Nick the Kid..


Truth Says:

Lol at Fed fangirls talking about how boring matches are without smug, overrated, illegally coddled Fed.
Djokovic has done many self-destructive, unproductive actions, but Fed and his “rival” Nadal set themselves up for the most overrated matches & fakest friendships of all time. No wonder people walk on egg shells for Fedal.

Fed teaches his fangirls & real rivals that insulting a players’ dangerous illnesses, allergies & injuries, and then being a hypocrite that takes long vacations are only good things if you’re Fed.
Why not watch Fed play long tedious matches with many awful players and see him lose during his best years? Why not call him the best and prettiest player when his opponents have mono & injuries? After all, he is the biggest troll of tennis. Kyrgios comes close in phoniness, next to his royal father Fed.


Vince Says:

Fedal are best

Attention seeking drama queen joker doesn’t belong there


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