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What would have happened had Djokovic found his gluten allergy 3 years earlier? :)

Now, 2011 was a breakout year for him due to 2 reasons: gluten-free diet, and mental belief to win (after Davis cup victory in dec 2010). It's hard to say which had a bigger role.

If it was gluten that had 90% share in his rise, then one could say if he had discovered this problem earlier and moved to a gluten free diet, then he could have become #1 since 2008 the year when he won his first AO slam. And he could have won 4-6 more slams by end of 2010 itself. And note that those slams would have come off of Nadal and Fed so their counts would have been lower.

Projected slam count today:
Novak: 14
Rafa: 12
Fed: 15

Now, this all sounds fanatical, but it all depends on how much role did a gluten-free diet play in his breakout year which we will never know!!

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Gluten allergy lol
 

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The Djokovic before 2011 got tired a lot quicker (especially during end of matches) and his fitness was not up to par. He had breathing issues and other ailments and his body was hampered since he was allergic to a lot of his favorite foods. Not sure how anyone can deny these facts. Djokovic became way more physically stronger than ever after he eliminated this problem.

It's a shame, really, since he lost 3 years that he could've potentially dominated in.

This. He used to get tired, get affected by heat, and surely other subtle influences which would have decreased his confidence. Knowing that you lack energy affects your entire match strategy!



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I'm actually wondering what would happen if he didn't find his allergy or Dr. Cetojevic.
But if we consider he found it earlier, I guess he would have more slams, Fedal would have less, and Novak would finnish his career earlier. I think it is best the way it is, because now he hasn't got strong Fed and Rafa and he could concentrate solely on his game and success.
 

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Projected slam count today:
Novak: 14
Rafa: 12
Fed: 15
Something like this probably.

He was unlucky with his issues, but that does not change the fact that he is the best and most complete tennis player ever. Not the greatest but the best for sure.
 

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Gluten allergy lol
You know that you look childish at best with your throwing suspect ? What seems to bug you kids ? You fail to understand how a millionaire athlete seem to play exhausting match against another millionaire athlete ? Or you think his physique has became bulkier rather than healthy - slim ? You fail to understand that allergies have became one of most important human health issues lately ? (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/why-allergies-are-booming-20150717-gie7ly.html) Or you just like connecting player that you don't like with cheating. :silly: Juvenile at best. :crazy:
 

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What did you report ? That you really have an allergy ?

True story:
There is certain group of people who likes to eat pork when they are visiting another group of people ALONE. But, when they are in company with member of their own group, visiting those same people from another group, they suddenly get an allergy on pork. Those allergy issues are funny within certain groups of people.
 

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Considering I'm a believer in the butterfly effect, where even the slightest change of events changes everything else for everyone, it's really hard to say. Maybe he wins more, but also does things differently and goes down a different path, while everything around him would be also different.
 

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Djokovic's gluten allergy is about as real as Federer's mono.
 

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Whilst some people laught at his gluten issue. There's no denying before his gluten problem he was a mere mortal and average tennis player. After solving his gluten problem he became a beast, a physical specimen that could go toe to toe for hours on end with Nadal.

If it wasn't the gluten issue that was the problem, can you please tell us what the problem actually was then?
 
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