Novak Djokovic Details How He Has Trained His Mind to Hear His Name When Crowd Supports Opponents

Published 03/07/2021, 1:00 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Novak Djokovic has produced many remarkable Grand Slam victories in his career. However, his recent Australian Open glory is inarguably one of the most iconic stories ever.

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Toiling and wincing from an apparent muscle tear, the 33-year-old lifted a record-extending ninth title Down Under. That is why sports experts consider him as one of the mentally strongest athletes in the world.

The Serbian revealed some interesting insights into his mental process during a match. Novak Djokovic expressed that affirmations and positivity help him a good deal and are useful even outside tennis.

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Novak Djokovic explains how affirmations have helped his game

The 18-time Grand Slam champion was the best returner under pressure in 2020. But this is one good result of the many he has gained over the years.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Kelly Defina TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Firstly, Novak Djokovic explained how positive thinking works. He said that one must keep repeating good thoughts as one starts to feel them, or it would not work.

Furthermore, the Serbian ace gave an example of his time on the court. “When someone is chanting from the crowd the name of my opponent, I am hearing my own name,” he said.

Although it sounds superficial, Djokovic has all the results that it promises. Moreover, he mentioned how he mastered the art of positive thinking.

“I have trained myself to the extent that I am truly feeling it. It’s not telling myself but feeling that, but I have to train that all the time,” the Serbian ace expressed. Watch the whole interaction below.

Presently, he is recovering from the fatigue of the Australian Open 2021.

Which tournament will Djokovic play next?

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. Crowds are at a reduced capacity for this year’s event following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Djokovic has confirmed that he will play the Miami Open later in his month. Unsurprisingly, he has won the tournament more times than any other player (6).

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Apart from Miami, the Serbian ace will also participate in the Monte-Carlo Masters and Serbian Open. Looking at the big picture, Djokovic is putting pieces together to finish the year as World No. 1 for a record-breaking seventh time.

Besides, he is also one day behind crossing the 310 weeks landmark of Roger Federer. On Monday, Djokovic will be the player who has spent the most time as World No. 1.

Let us see what other glorious records Djokovic can make and break this year.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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