Novak Djokovic Plays Tennis With Willpower
When Novak Djokovic was only sixteen years old, professional tennis player Todd Martin saw him playing in the French Open Junior Tournament. Martin said that watching Novak play was fun, but what was amazing was that when the match was over, Novak went to the court next door and started practicing again. He was practicing even though his match was over. “I was really impressed by that,” said Todd Martin.
Novak started playing tennis in Serbia when he was four years old. Although he is an amazing athlete, Novak says that it is not his skills as a tennis player that gets him through his toughest matches. He says that it is pure willpower.
During a match against Australian player Andy Murray, Novak was losing 2-0 by the third set. He says that he was exhausted and felt like his body couldn’t play anymore. But he didn’t stop. He kept telling himself that he could do it and guess what? He did! “I just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge and get back on track,” Djokovic said. “The willpower that I had on the court today took me to where I am now.”
That wasn’t the only time that Novak Djokovic would use his willpower to get through tough times. After he won against Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic won eight major titles and received the Number One ranking in the world. He did this by hiring Todd Martin, the man that saw him play as a boy, as his coach.
When it was time for Novak to once again face Andy Murray at the Australian Open., the match started with two tiebreakers, splitting the sets. When it came to the third set, though, Djokovic suddenly found his willpower. He carried on to win twelve of the last thirteen games, earning a four set victory and a record-breaking fifth title, overtaking Roger Federer and Andre Agassi’s records. He is now hoping to win the French Open on May 24th!