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Novak Djokovic is trying to recapture some of his old magic. (AP)
Novak Djokovic is further reassembling his old team—alongside longtime coach Marian Vajda, former trainer Gebhard Phil-Gritsch is also now back.
Djokovic is training in Belgrade this week for Madrid with both Vajda and Phil-Gritsch. Both have agreed to work with him during the clay-court season but there is no further agreement, said Serbia's Novosti. It added that Djokovic's recent clay-court defeats led him to conclude that his fitness needs more work.
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Novak Suffering from Anorexia
Novak Djokovic's diet is one of the most popular topics these days. The Serbian doesn't apparently eat meat and he defined himself as "vegetarian" or "pescatarian". The Swiss nutritionist Jürg Hösli is upset by the Serbian player, who dropped in the rankings following a elbow injury.
'I always admired Djokovic for his game, attitude, his way to move on the court,' Hosli wrote. 'But when I recently listened that he had made drastic changes in his diet, I asked myself when the crisis would come.
What we are seeing are the results of anorexia that can be defined as the obsession for a diet based only on apparent healthy food. Djokovic looked for a radical solution in his diet without considering the long-term consequences.
And reducing carbohydrates and totally avoiding the sugar is a big error. At the beginning you feel stronger because cells start to store more oxigen but muscled produce less and less lactic acid. The moment when he starts losing the possibility to produce and burn lactic, results are dramatic. He also mentioned, 'He will feel even worse when he reaches the limit of his strength, he will suffer stress issues as the quality of sleep decreases and a social isolation of the person gets produced', Hosli added.
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Djokovic: "It's Not The End Of The World"
Novak Djokovic believes he is moving in the right direction, despite losing on Wednesday at the Mutua Madrid Open.
“Obviously I'm disappointed from losing this match,” said Djokovic, after losing to Kyle Edmund 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round. “But I can be happy with the progress of the level of my tennis.
“There are obvious things that are not working well for me. But I have to keep working on them and pray that — and hope that — my game will get stronger, get better as the matches go the distance. Especially [at] such big tournaments against quality players, you've got to step in. I tried, but obviously, [it] wasn't to be today. Hopefully, [the] next one.”
The 30-year-old Djokovic beat former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori on Monday in the first round at the Caja Magica — his biggest win of his comeback from a right elbow injury.
“I haven't played a whole bunch of matches,” said Djokovic, who is now 6-6 on the year. “But still, two tough opponents, tough matches… There are positives to take out from this, but [it’s] obviously disappointing to go out early in the tournament.
“It's not the end of the world. Obviously, I've played this sport so many years and had a bunch of success. I try to always remind myself and be grateful for that.
“At the same time, nobody is forcing me to play this sport. I do it because I like it. I want to do it. And that's something also that makes me fortunate to play the sport.
"So that's where I draw my strength. And as long as I keep going, as long as I love the sport, I'll keep going. And that's all it is.”
Djokovic will next travel to Rome, hoping to rediscover his peak-performance days, for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where he is a four-time titlist.
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hmmmm ... Did they both graduate from the same academy in Latvia? lol lol#ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl#"Small adjustments"? Didn't we hear that after Pova lost to Sevastova in New York last year? #ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl#
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When the ATP Rankings were released Monday, Novak Djokovic fell to No. 18, his lowest standing since 2 October 2006, when he was World No. 22. And as the defending runner-up in Rome, the Serbian has 600 points to defend, putting him in danger of tumbling even further as he continues his comeback from a right elbow injury.
But Djokovic put on one of the best performances since his return on Monday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, ousting Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 in 56 minutes.