In an interview to Lewis Howdes podcast, Novak Djokovic opened up on his mental breakdown in the last year that caused him a negative series of results also due to an elbow injury. ‘I had this upward kind of spiral and trajectory in my tennis career, in my life, and everything was great.
And then, all of a sudden, I had this period of two-and-half, three years, where I didn’t win a Slam’, Djokovic confessed. ‘I was managing to be three/four in the world, but I just struggled a lot. And, for me, being No 3 in the world wasn’t enough.
I just was not satisfied with that. And I would always go back, and say, “Okay, wait, when I was seven, eight years old, my dream and my life goal was always to be No 1 and win Wimbledon. That’s it. And I need to achieve that, no matter what.’ In 2010, Djokovic’s career changed.
He thought about retiring from tennis: ‘But then I reached a kind of mentally low point in my career, I think it was after Roland-Garros, one of the four Slams, and I had lost, I was two sets to love up. I lost in five sets in quarter-finals against a guy called Jurgen Melzer, he was in the top 10 in the world, very good player, but I had a match and I just lost.
I just had a breakdown. I remember going to my parents and talking about this and that, and I just cried, and, “I don’t know if this is worth it. I don’t know if I should keep going,” and my father was, like, “Toughen up! Toughen up!” You know?’ ALSO READ: Roger Federer: ‘Last few months have been tough and we all know why’ .