Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Novak Djokovic- Inspiration To All (Fans,Tennis Players And People All Over The World)

While everyone was busy talking about Federer/Nadal, how these two great players were invincible, one player was making efforts slowly to begin his new era. For 4 years he was No.3 in the world before finally figuring out his destiny.

Often in life, we face adverse situations and think that we don’t have it in us to achieve our goals. However, what we often forget is that nothing is impossible in this world. I have always said that sports can change an individual’s life. We can learn so many things from any sport that we like. I happen to like tennis and this past Sunday, I learnt the most important lesson in my life:

“No one is invincible. Everything is possible.”

Who would have thought at the start of the year that Novak Djokovic would be the player to beat (even by Federer/Nadal - two of the greatest in the game)? Very few I guess. Who would have thought that he will be number 1 by Wimbledon’11? None I guess. But here he is - World no.1, with 48-1 winning streak and 2 grand-slams this year.

Since Feb 2004, none of the current/former tennis players have been able to dethrone the kings of tennis - Federer/Nadal. Anyone in their position might have been demoralized and frustrated. After trying so hard to achieve their goals and after years of failure, they might have even given up. The truth is that most of them did. But Djokovic didn’t. What is it that sets Nole apart?

From my viewpoint, it’s simply two things:

Belief in Himself:  In spite of being defeated 30 times by Federer/Nadal in the past 4 years, he did not lose confidence in himself. In the words of Jack Welch, Belief is probably the most important trait of a successful leader. After years of failure to break into the top two, he did not give up and kept his belief in himself when others had lost in themselves. Obviously, to back up his belief he has put in a lot of hard work which everyone does too, but nowadays, Tennis has become a mental game too. That’s why Nadal is considered a master in this game. And this belief (when most of them don’t have it) that he can defeat the best, gave an edge to Nole.

Ability to Change:  The only constant thing in life is change. However clich├ęd this may sound, if you continue to improve, only then you can survive; and if you don’t, you can get obsolete. That’s what Djokovic has been doing since last 3 years; he has been continually striving to become the best. Trying out additional coaches and team members (Mark Woodforde, Todd Martin in the past, nutritionist responsible for his all famous gluten free diet) shows his dedication towards improvement. He is a perfect example of “turning his weaknesses into strength”. His forehand and serve have improved significantly. His health (allergies because of which he retired a couple of times at a grand slam) has improved. Not only in his play, but also in his manner on the court, he has grown from a whiner to a calm and composed player who has won hearts of millions now. This has happened because he was ready to try out new things and accept changes. In Nadal’s own words he has become “A player with no weaknesses”.

Come to think of it, this player has done the unthinkable and has given life to so many dead beliefs. He is now a symbol of hope, happiness, success, belief and inspiration to people in Serbia, to every tennis player and to all the people in the world. Consider the impact on the tennis world - Now everyone will look at Novak Djokovic- the person who did the impossible. This can be a bad sign for Federer/Nadal as everyone will now work with a renewed enthusiasm that if Nole could do it, so can we. But I am sure, the great champions that these two players are; they would leave no stones unturned to respond to the challenge. Overall it is a very good sign for tennis.

So the next time, when you have failed and are feeling low, remember not to lose belief and be ready to change yourself for the best. When that will happen, at the right opportunity, things will click in your favor (just like Davis Cup win in 2010 for Nole) and the result will be obvious: You will become Novak Djokovic in your life.

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  1. In short, think positive! And keep your eye on the prize. Nole is living his dream. But he didn't get to the top by himself. His family made great sacrifices for him. Plus his coaches, etc. As Federer said, Djokovic's win at Wimbledon is great for tennis.

  2. I'm happy for his win but how he and his team/family have celebrated while being disrespectful to Nadal is awful. Never would you see Rog or Rafa's team act like they do.

  3. I don't get it, Anonymous (7:24). Where and when they have been disrespectful?They celebrated, so what? Don't worry, Nadal would have complained already if something like that had have happened :)....

  4. What TV station have you been watching the Wimbledon final, Anonymous (7:24)?
    I have no clue what has Nole's team done wrong regards (dis)respecting Rafa after the game?
    The guys simply celebrated Nole's historic win, and that was it.

    Everybody on the earth would do the same. Including Rafa and Fedex.

    Long live Nole. You are our (Serbian) hero.

  5. Nice article and very true.
    Novak was on two or three occasion very close to become No2 but for various reason failed. For many players that would be the end or the peak of their career but for him, it was just a beginning.

    Classic example of someone who knows that if you really want something Universe is here to help.

  6. Nice article. Everyone has own time.I think Federer and Nadal has completed their time. Now time will tell it is noel time or some one. You make success if you believe yourself. Doesn't matter, how many times, you failed.

  7. I'm really happy for Nole, he deserves everything good coming his way. He's such a role model for all. Not just an extraordinary tennis player who has the chance to become one of the greats, but also a genuinely kind person, extroverted, funny, happy, caring, friendly, loving. I admire all those qualities in him, he embodies the perfect player and man. He's always gracious in victory and defeat and he's no short of celebrating which is good. Repressed joy is bad. That can't offend anyone, just rabid bitter fans.

  8. Great stuff!!! i like your all of comments. Thanks for shear it.

  9. Tennis is such a mental sport. Djoko realized that. Masha has been having problems with her serve, many commentators believe it is due to her shoulder, but I think it may be mental too, her serve deserts her at the key moments.

  10. 4, 5 yrs ago I disliked Djokovic, it was his negative energy on the court. His off the court antics though, his sense of humour, the soccer game for Japan, many others, made me like him more. I watched the semifinal agains Federer at the FO and in my opinion, there was nothing negative there. I saw a guy who through his body language and his smile, acknowledged when Federer hit the un-returnable.. that is when I started to really like him. No longer the pessimist, I saw a confidence coming from someone who is playing well accepting that someone else is playing better. That is not something that I have seen Rafa do, and I am above all a Rafa fan. I hope that just like Djokovic has risen to the challenge, Rafa will too, he did against Fed (who I also disliked more because I like the underdog). I love to watch players acknowledge when other players have done well, I see that as I sign of strength, not weakness as I have seen commented previously with regard to Djoko's demeanor during his loss to Fed at the FO, I never thought I would ever say this but, GO NOLE!

  11. GO nole!! Great article! I have always bee a sports fan that I turned my office cubicle into a sports themed cubicle.

  12. gr8 job with the article

  13. He deserves his success, but I am not a fan of his roaring celebrations and chest pumps urk! I have been a FeDal fan for years love them both okay the latter(nadal) more but you have to give credit where its due..
    I do think Rafa has checked out mentally for now though, that Indian wells match and the virus which has slowed him down was the start of so much, losing at the A/O when there was so much on the line really upset him I think, and as he says in his own words, "lost opportunities"

  14. For the time being he is number one ,how long will he hold that position , only time will tell. But I don't like him , he simply lacks class!

    1. agreed 100%
      never see Fed doing that
      under that gentlemanly facade is someone who is very arrogant and can be a sore loser, as seen in his comments after losing match to Isner in the Davis Cup and putting the blame on his team-mate and partner and supposedly good friend Warinka

  15. Anyone in their position might have been demoralized and frustrated. After trying so hard to achieve their goals and after years of failure, they might have even given up. resource for players