By Richard Pagliaro | Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Dominating the baseline, Novak Djokovic isn’t thinking about the finish line.
In a rematch of the 2018 final, a dynamic Djokovic swept Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to charge into the Wimbledon third round for the 15th time today.
Delivering a historic season, Djokovic broke Roger Federer’s ATP record for most weeks at world No. 1 and swept the Australian Open and French Open championships to arrive at SW19 standing halfway to the Grand Slam.
The 34-year-old Serbian says he’s playing his peak tennis now and aims to ride this winning wave as long as he’s still passionate about playing.
“As I grow older, so to say, as the life progresses, I feel like I’m also learning new things about myself on and off the court, and I’m trying to implement different elements in my game and also in my lifestyle that help me to have longevity because I want to keep on going,” Djokovic said. “I don’t have any end in mind in terms of how many more years I want to play. As long as I feel that desire, as long as I’m fit, I’ll keep on going.”
The man who wrote the book on his famed gluten-free diet, Serve to Win, says his commitment to health, fitness and nutrition keeps him young and extends his longevity.
“You know what they say, age is just a number. That’s really how I see it, the approach that I’m having,” Djokovic said. “I don’t really think about how many years I have been on the tour. It’s all about perception. I really believe that a lot of things health-wise or just in general about life starts from your mind, mind over matter type of thing.
“I really am positive about life and about taking care about my own health and well-being of myself and my close ones. You can’t be at your best every day, of course, but I tend to live a healthy lifestyle that allows me to recover faster, to be performing well for many years. That has been the case.”
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