Coach Reveals the Philosophy Behind Novak Djokovic’s Incredible Success

Published 02/27/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Photo Shoot – Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia, February 22, 2021 Australian Open champion Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy during a photo shoot at Brighton Beach REUTERS/Loren Elliott TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Pepe Imaz, a former professional tennis player-turned-coach who has watched Novak Djokovic from up close and has worked on the mental aspect of his game for years, has opened up on what has made the Serb stay on top of his game all these years and churn out incredible wins time and time again.

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In an interview to a Spanish publication, Imaz said that Djokovic, who clinched a record ninth Australian Open title this year, is perhaps reaping the benefits of keeping things simple.

Pepe Imaz believes Novak Djokovic has perfected the art of understanding himself

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The coach said that over the years, the Serb has perfected the art of staying at peace with himself, and it is the harmonious convergence of his thoughts and energies that has driven him to new heights in the game.

With his championship win at Melbourne Park, the World Number 1 is now just two titles away from equaling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are tied for the most number of Major trophies in men’s tennis at 20 apiece.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

The veteran Spanish coach said that Djokovic “has spent years working on his person, his interior”, which eventually brought him to the understanding that “when one is better inside, everything (that) he does, he does it with more harmony” and it eventually translates into more success in the game.

Harmony between being a human being and a tennis player is the key to Novak Djokovic’s success, says coach

Imaz revealed that there’s nothing specific that he had been working on with the Serb and that his success is a direct consequence of a “work base” and philosophy that “before being a tennis player, you’re a person and a human being”.

And it’s when these two parts work in complete harmony that a player gives off his best, the coach outlined.

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Imaz also believes that playing in a pandemic year, Djokovic realized more than ever before the importance of his loved ones back home and the emotional support and inner strength that he derives from them.

And a studious understanding of his own self and the limits to which he can go, both physically and mentally, has also “helped him” reap more rewards on court.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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