Novak Djokovic is having a great year so far. He is cruising right along in his tennis career and has comfortably stepped into his new role of being a father to baby Stefan Djokovic. With all of this success behind him, what more could he possibly accomplish? How about gracing the cover of one of the most famous magazines in the world? According to ATP World Tour on Thursday, the world number one is featured in the March issue of the Wall Street Journal.
Djokovic has a story to tell about how he came to be the number one tennis player in the world. His Serbian roots and his determination to make it this far are what makes him what he is today. It seems that he has been on the heels of trying to grab as many major titles as his two biggest opponents, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He still has a ways to go but he has a great chance of catching up to them.
However, he still has the elusive French Open to overcome. He is well on his way to finally win this tournament after his 2015 Australian Open victory. The 27-year-old pro has now entered into the Dubai Duty Free Championship semi-finals after beating Marsel Ilhan in a 6-1,6-1 match. It only took less than an hour for this win as the Serb has cruised right along in this tournament, not dropping a set during his week of play. He will now face off against Tomas Berdych. Djokovic talked about his win over Ilhan after the match.
“He lacks a little bit of experience and confidence on being in the big stadium,” he said. “That’s where I used my opportunity from the start. I made a double break, and I felt like I was in control of the match. I didn’t allow him to get into the groove.”
Of course, Djokovic plays a mean game of tennis, but he is also known for his humor and playing up to the crowd. He seems to have a generous heart and that has made him even more human to his fans. He tells the Wall Street Journal that respect outweighs anything else in his career.
“For me it’s more important for [people] to remember me as a human being, as somebody that has carried himself in the right way in every aspect of his tennis career,” he says. “There’s more to it than just winning a trophy.”
Novak Djokovic has a busy schedule ahead of him, but he seems to enjoy every minute of juggling his full life. He will continue to look ahead to more titles, and maybe even more children in his future. Look for him in the March issue of the Wall Street Journal. Do you think this tennis pro will finally grab the French Open title this year?