"Hunger is always there, but nowadays it's just more relevant for me to organise myself in life better, to manage to be very concise and concrete with what I do and what I plan to do because I am a father and a husband". The game of tennis is no different in this regard.
It's a telling comment, less for what it says about Djokovic's feelings toward Nadal than Djokovic's attitude toward Federer.
Conviction fuels the firmness of objective and gives a person the energy to knock down the hurdles that lay in their path. Djokovic's triumph at the 2019 Australian Open was reflective of this very notion.
It had been billed as a blockbuster final, the latest instalment in the most played rivalry in tennis, a 53rd meeting between the top-ranked men, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who had both come through their semi-finals in resounding one-sided form.
"It was so important to be where I am today, coming back from injury, and it's good inspiration for me for what's coming, " Nadal said.
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The Serbian had a more or less flawless Australian Open campaign as he marched onto the final with minimum fuss.
Djokovic wanted the record for most Australian Open titles in his own right, and he went out hard.
A break point finally arrived for Nadal in the sixth game but it was swatted away with disdain by Djokovic, nearly as if the notion of a wobble with the finishing line in sight was an affront to his character.
"Rather, I congratulate him on a level of tennis that is hard to beat".
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"What I need is time, I need work and I need more weeks like this one", said Nadal. The answer, perhaps, lies in the nearly palpable demonstration of Djokovic's conviction and self-belief through his tactics. He continuously attacked, to the point that it became completely nullified.
The crafty Serb floated a drop-shot over and Nadal's scrambling retrieval clipped the net cord to give Djokovic ample time to swoop in and collect it.
"With everything he possesses, all the qualities in his game, adding to that also a lot of free points on the serve makes him much tougher to play against", he noted.
The numbers at the end of the match depicted a similar story.
Djokovic made fewer forehand unforced errors (five) as compared to Nadal's 17.
Nadal also has dealt with all manner of health issues.
Sealing the win on the second championship point when a desperate Nadal fired a backhand long, Djokovic kneeled on the blue hardcourt and shook his fists at the sky, letting out a roar of triumph. 'The ultimate challenge there is to win against Nadal.
Federer has not competed at the French Open since 2016.
Djokovic started the first set strongly, dictating with his serve and power shots and forcing Nadal to stay towards the back of the court.
However, Djokovic would pay the price for dropping his guard against Andy Murray in the semifinals.
"I don't want this to sound arrogant but I've done it once, why not do it again?", Djokovic said.