Novak Djokovic claims he still has the ‘hunger and desire’ to win despite being 36, adds he could’ve easily beaten his 26-year-old self

Novak Djokovic reflects on finding motivation to continue playing at 36.


Novak Djokovic claims he still has the ‘hunger and desire’ to win despite being 36, adds he could’ve easily beaten his 26-year-old self

Novak Djokovic (Image via USOpen.org)


In an interview after his victory over Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the second round of the US Open, Novak Djokovic emphasized that his hunger and determination remain unwavering despite his age. He boldly stated that he believed he could have easily defeated his 26-year-old self, showcasing his confidence and commitment to his craft.

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“I’m happy to be back in front of you guys, “ said the Serb. He revealed to the audience that it is their support that gives him strength and motivation even at 36. “I still have the hunger & desire to play my best on this court, “ he said. During this interview, when someone yelled out that he still got it, he cheekily responded, “I still got it. Thank you.”

When asked if he could beat himself from 10 years ago, the 23-time Grand Slam champion responded, “Easy. Easy. No problem. Straight sets for me for the 36 year old.” He also mentioned that he wouldn’t want to compete against himself, but he revealed that he essentially faces this challenge in his mind with every match. He stressed that conquering this personal battle is equivalent to conquering his opponents on the court.

With the first-round victory against Alexandre Muller, the Serb reclaimed his spot at World No. 1. Following this, he emerged victorious in the second match, continuing his campaign for another US Open title, after he had not been allowed to participate last year due to his COVID vaccination status.

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Novak Djokovic heads onto the third round of the US Open

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Bernabe Zapata Miralles(L) and Novak Djokovic(R) (Image via Imago)

Novak Djokovic heads on to the third round of the US Open after defeating Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the second round. He is set to face fellow Serbian Laslo Djere next.

Following his commanding victory over Zapata Miralles with a remarkable score of 4-6, 1-6, 1-6, the 36-year-old athlete has embarked on a mission to etch his name in history as the first male tennis player ever to secure an unprecedented 24 Grand Slam titles.

Seizing victory in the first round against Alexandre Muller, the Serbian player has once again ascended to his rightful throne. With this triumph, he has successfully recaptured the coveted World No. 1 ranking, overtaking the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.

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