‘I’ve been doing it for a decade’ – Novak Djokovic reveals secret behind his supreme mental strength

Michael Graham
Novak Djokovic powers on

World number one Novak Djokovic has revealed the key role that meditation plays in his supreme mental strength both on and off the court.

Djokovic is well-known for being perhaps the toughest player tennis has ever seen in the biggest moments, with no better illustration of it being when he won Wimbledon despite Roger Federer having two match points against him in the final.

When asked in a webchat by ATP rival Fabio Fognini about what helps him summon the calm and confidence he needed in those moments, Djokovic revealed all.

“Breathing exercises are a lot more useful than people think,” Djokovic explained.

“A proper breathing rhythm is a key to understanding and improving our own mental, physical and emotional statuses.

“I do it when I need serenity or after I wakes up, in order to have more dynamic energy.

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“Meditation isn’t a religious thing, it’s rather something personal that I do to stay healthy, especially given the sensory and informational overload we experience in the contemporary world.

“I’ve been doing it for a decade, and it’s been useful both on and off-court.”

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