Novak Djokovic will play the final of the AO on Sunday from 9:30 CET against Andy Murray, hoping to become the first tennis player in the Open era to lift the AO trophy three times in a row. Lifting trophies was something he practiced as a kid, when he made trophies out of...anything he could get his hands on.
Waiting for a new, great final, a new match against Murray who he beat twice in three matches for a trophy last year, but to whom he lost the USO final, Djokovic reminisced about his childhood years.
´I always dreamed about becoming the very best tennis player. I remember that, as a very young kid, I improvised: I made little trophies out of various materials, and then I would go to the mirror, lift those trophies and say ´Nole is the champion!´, Djokovic said before the duel with his Scottish rival.
Djokovic remembered the years of war that threw a shadow over his childhood.
´We didn´t have a childhood like other tennis players from my generation, because we grew up during the war. There was a lot of hardship, many financial problems... but we made it through all of that. I have to be grateful to God for the help my parents and my entire family offered me. They believed in me and gave me hope whenever I had doubts´, Nole stated.
Nowadays, there is nobody who doubts he is an excellent athlete. A year ago he fought a six hour battle with
Rafael Nadal before beating him in an anthological final on the road to his second AO title in a row.
´The pressure on the eve of an important match is a sort of privilege, it is a true challenge for every athlete. It´s all about that - about how you deal with it. It´s about how you grow as a player and how you gain experience, which you will use when you need it the most. The privilege is in the fact that that pressure means you´re doing something that matters. And I´ve dreamed all my life to be the best at what I do. And those dreams came true´, Djokovic said, thanking his parents and friends that they have helped him stay grounded even after having realised his dreams.