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ESPN article on Djokovic

griffin_230
06-28-2007, 03:18 AM
When Novak Djokovic finished last season inside the Top 20 of the ATP rankings, his father Srdjan did what most parents would -- he complimented his son. Or he tried. Novak would have none of it. "It doesn't matter if I'm number seven or 27 or 87," he said. "When I become number one, then you can congratulate me."

The story makes Djokovic sound like a pretty hard-headed character. That's somewhat accurate. His parents and coach say the poised 20-year-old with the upright posture and the jet-black brush cut is so driven that they have their hands full simply keeping up.

"He gave us the highest goals, and we run behind him to give him what he needs," his mother Dijana said in a rare quiet moment during the French Open, where Djokovic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal.

Djokovic has admitted that he still can't quite picture himself winning a Slam, but that visualization can't be too far away given his inner conviction.

"I showed to myself and to everybody else, that I have enough quality to be in the top three and four of the world," he said in Paris.
While ambition helps define Djokovic, there's more to him. He's modest with a dash of brash, competitive and compassionate, and deeply loyal to the family that has helped him achieve so much so fast.

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He looks as if he's in a state of constant but relaxed alert, with a light in his eyes that indicates somebody's home. And home is a very important place for a young man who has spent much of his life on the road. His loved ones say he has always been open and generous with his affection.

"Let me tell you a story I haven't told anyone else," said Srdjan Djokovic, speaking in Serbian, as his wife translated.

As a youngster, Novak spent a lot of time with his paternal grandmother, who suffered from bone cancer. "One day he was sitting in the living room and he asked her, 'Grandma, where is your pain?'" Srjdan Djokovic said. "She showed him a point on her back, and he was making a massage for hours. He was maybe 6 years old.

"She lived for two more years because of him. She couldn't walk 20 meters, but with him, she was walking all over the place, picking flowers.
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Link (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/wimbledon07/columns/story?columnist=desimone_bonnie&id=2912069)

NYCtennisfan
06-28-2007, 03:25 AM
Nice read. Ezekiel will find a way to be offended by this though. :)

savesthedizzle
06-28-2007, 03:30 AM
Nice article. That story about his grandma was so :awww:

guga2120
06-28-2007, 03:32 AM
hes an intresting character, maybe not quite yet but this guy i think is going to win multiple slams, certainly has the game to.

gusman890
06-28-2007, 04:01 AM
hes going to be a champion one day.

Hes an good character.

Farenhajt
06-28-2007, 04:06 AM
Given how much he progressed during the last year, I guess next year he'll come to regularly beating Nadal on non-clay courts, and possibly even taking over #2.

And the possible rivalry between mature Federer and youngblood Djokovic would be very interesting to watch over the next few years, both being all-courters hence capable of upsetting each other in the big events.

no name face
06-28-2007, 06:14 AM
novak is an awesome guy.

W!MBLEDON
06-28-2007, 07:00 AM
nice find, great article... vamos novak!

Duchova
06-28-2007, 10:56 AM
The grandma story is very touching.

RonE
06-28-2007, 11:08 AM
Very touching indeed.

On the whole after following him for a year and hearing what he said, seeing the way he carries himself on the court I must admit I have grown to quite like him. I have no doubt that the day will come and he will be winning slams plus many more AMS :yeah:

Action Jackson
06-28-2007, 11:09 AM
Novak is a very likable guy and hope he stays that way.

scarecrows
06-28-2007, 11:13 AM
Nice read. Ezekiel will find a way to be offended by this though. :)

and he'll accuse all the above posters as bandwagoners

Action Jackson
06-28-2007, 11:19 AM
and he'll accuse all the above posters as bandwagoners

Or anti-Serbian.

belco
06-28-2007, 11:27 AM
Ahhhhhh Nole.. what a story...
:sobbing: RIP Noles Grandmother

trixtah
06-28-2007, 12:09 PM
Thought he was a dick at first but I've since grown to like him more and more for his game and his character.

tennisgal_001
06-28-2007, 12:22 PM
Nice read. Last summer if I remember correctly someone posted an article about Djokovic saying that he believed he had it in him to become the world #1. And as expected the bashing he received was as monumental as the sound of his words. But Novak proved himself right; that he is capable of great things and it's only a matter of time until he rises to the top. So it's nice to see people changing their minds a little bit and giving him the respect and credit he deserves.

cecilija
06-28-2007, 01:29 PM
Nokakito is very Popular :yeah:

ezekiel
06-28-2007, 01:35 PM
Nice read. Ezekiel will find a way to be offended by this though. :)


I am not paranoid so don't project paranoia on to me. This is a fluff piece for non avid fans that seems free of hidden agenda and coming from a legitimate sports source so there is nothing wrong with it ethically.

jeahhh!
06-28-2007, 01:40 PM
:awww: The grandmother story.
Good article.:)

ezekiel
06-28-2007, 02:12 PM
Nice read. Last summer if I remember correctly someone posted an article about Djokovic saying that he believed he had it in him to become the world #1. And as expected the bashing he received was as monumental as the sound of his words. But Novak proved himself right; that he is capable of great things and it's only a matter of time until he rises to the top. So it's nice to see people changing their minds a little bit and giving him the respect and credit he deserves.

haters are vicious which really started from biased mainstream US/UK media for one which was parroted by some here but it says all about them and some of their apparent latter conversions. There was nothing radical in what he said, he is only behind Nadal in his generation and it's fair to say that he is a more talented all around shot maker than Nadal so it's conceivable he may overtake him in the future and there is no doubt about his motivation and psyche which is very competitive.

ezekiel
06-28-2007, 02:16 PM
Thought he was a dick at first but I've since grown to like him more and more for his game and his character.


Hmm, I wonder if you got that first impression by watching espn or something like that ?

trixtah
06-28-2007, 03:10 PM
Hmm, I wonder if you got that first impression by watching espn or something like that ?

I didn't form my opinion based on this article--in my opinion, this article sucks balls. First I thought he was a cocky douche from his post Roland Garros comments but after watching more and more of him on the big stages his natural aura just attracted me. Seems I gravitate to the players with personality--Safin and Djokovic type personas.

NYCtennisfan
06-28-2007, 07:04 PM
I am not paranoid so don't project paranoia on to me. This is a fluff piece for non avid fans that seems free of hidden agenda and coming from a legitimate sports source so there is nothing wrong with it ethically.

:haha:

ezekiel
06-28-2007, 07:27 PM
I didn't form my opinion based on this article--in my opinion, this article sucks balls. First I thought he was a cocky douche from his post Roland Garros comments but after watching more and more of him on the big stages his natural aura just attracted me. Seems I gravitate to the players with personality--Safin and Djokovic type personas.


that's a good comparison indeed