Check Out How Novak Djokovic Trains for the Famous Spiderman Sliding

Published 12/19/2020, 1:55 AM EST
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his semi-final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Toby Melville


Known for turning defense into offense, Novak Djokovic has probably the best on-court movement on the tour. He often reaches the ball when it seems impossible to retrieve it, by sliding on the court like a jet-ski. Djokovic’s unbelievable 180-degree leg stretch to return shots from difficult positions is a thing of real beauty.

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Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Training for Spider-Man sliding: Novak Djokovic

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Recently, the 17-time Grand Slam champion uploaded a picture on Twitter of himself indulging in a pilates session alongside a bunch of people. Interestingly, Djokovic revealed that he was training to rebuild his Spider-Man like sliding skills, and it seems the pilates session is the secret behind it.

Training for Spider-Man sliding #preseason,” Djokovic captioned the post.  However, one of his fans made an amusing reply on the Twitter thread by posting a picture of Djokovic sliding on the court. 

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Captioning the reply, “Let’s slide a bit more, Novak”, the user made a joke at Djokovic. The Serbian’s on-court sliding skills make it incredibly tough for his opponents to score winners against Djokovic.

In the ongoing off-season, Djokovic is preparing hard for the 2021 Australian Open, a tournament he has won a record eight times. With the strict two-week quarantine in Melbourne, Djokovic will have to maintain his fitness levels during that period.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the men’s singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

This year, Djokovic overcame the wrath of Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open final and clinched an epic five-set victory. Having ended the year as the No.1  ranked for the sixth time in his career, Djokovic equaled Pete Sampras’ record. He moved past his prime two adversaries, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who have finished as the year-end No. 1 fives times each in their careers.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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