Novak Djokovic, aiming for a historic 25th grand slam title at the Australian Open, shared an unconventional approach to maintain calmness during the tournament. The Serbian tennis star revealed his connection with nature, citing the Royal Botanical Gardens near Melbourne Park as a refuge from competition pressures.
Djokovic disclosed a unique bond with a specific tree, a relationship spanning 15 years, that he considers a source of tranquility and focus during the tournament. When asked about the tree he often meditates by, Djokovic maintained discretion, stating, “That particular tree, I cannot reveal which one, I’ll try to keep it discreet for myself when I’m there to have my own time. I like to ground myself and connect with that old friend.”
His association with the tree dates back to his first Australian Open victory in 2008, and over the years, Djokovic has secured ten titles at the tournament, solidifying his status as the record-holder for the most singles titles.
In addition to his unconventional approach to nature, Djokovic’s commitment to greatness is evident in various aspects, including a plant-based diet and spiritual guidance from a guru in the past.
Expressing his admiration for the tree, Djokovic shared, “I liked its roots and the trunks and branches and everything. So I started climbing it years ago. That’s it. I have a connection.”
Djokovic’s immersive connection with nature appears to be positively impacting his performance, as he effortlessly advanced to the fourth round by defeating Tomás Martín Etcheverry. Playing his 100th game at the tournament, Djokovic secured a convincing victory with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) scoreline.
Reflecting on the match, Djokovic expressed satisfaction with his performance, particularly in the first two sets. He acknowledged Etcheverry’s elevated gameplay in the third set but asserted his dominance in the tie-break to secure the straight-sets win.
In the upcoming last-16 match, Djokovic is set to face Adrian Mannarino after the Frenchman’s thrilling five-set victory over US star Ben Shelton.