Novak Djokovic was an animal

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/revealed-the-diet-that-saved-novak-djokovic-8775333.html

His dedication to his diet is extraordinary. After winning his near six-hour final against Rafael Nadal at the 2012 Australian Open, Djokovic had a craving for chocolate, which he had not eaten for 18 months. His physiotherapist brought him a bar. Djokovic broke off one small square and let it melt in his mouth – but left the rest.

He just finished the most 'animalistic' tennis match of all time and he still only allowed himself one small square of chocolate. I guess he realized that the 2012 clay season was quite in the balance and one little slip would eliminate his chances. Well it didn't make any difference.
 

DRII

G.O.A.T.
shows that Djokovic is willing to sacrifice more (at least more of certain things) than Federer or Nadal.

but, it also shows that he had to sacrifice more as well.

I think Nadal is not willing to be a husband and father while still competing at the highest level. idk if thats a sacrifice or not, but interesting nonetheless.
 

Raining hopes

Hall of Fame
shows that Djokovic is willing to sacrifice more (at least more of certain things) than Federer or Nadal.

but, it also shows that he had to sacrifice more as well.

I think Nadal is not willing to be a husband and father while still competing at the highest level. idk if thats a sacrifice or not, but interesting nonetheless.


Trust me, Nadal's language is funny but his philosophy of life is not. To me he appears to be a very clear cut individual on most of things related to his personal life. If and when he marries he will give all he can to it.


Federer was so lucky that his "the one" happened to be fabulous and strong woman who made his goals her own and seems to love his success as much as him.
 

Robert F

Hall of Fame
I wonder if he has an eating disorder?
Such restriction is unnecessary in an athlete that is burning tons of calories daily. Not saying he should gorge on a quart of ice-cream, but too much restriction can be as bad as too much indulgence.

If the body does not have enough calories, it is hard to recover for the next session or heal injuries.

I applaud the dedication but it seems misdirected.
 

Bukowski

Professional
I would be more impressed if he bought an expensive bottle of liquor and had only a small glass or something.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
shows that Djokovic is willing to sacrifice more (at least more of certain things) than Federer or Nadal.

but, it also shows that he had to sacrifice more as well.

I think Nadal is not willing to be a husband and father while still competing at the highest level. idk if thats a sacrifice or not, but interesting nonetheless.
I remember even Navratilova had an icecream to celebrate a title. Had not had one for months.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/revealed-the-diet-that-saved-novak-djokovic-8775333.html



He just finished the most 'animalistic' tennis match of all time and he still only allowed himself one small square of chocolate. I guess he realized that the 2012 clay season was quite in the balance and one little slip would eliminate his chances. Well it didn't make any difference.
Looking imposing and impressive in Cincy:
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N01E

Hall of Fame
As someone who's lactose intolerant and gluten sensitive I can say that diet makes all the difference. Been there, with puking and having breathing problems during matches. Correct diet fixed it without having to do any additional exercise. But dunno how people say they feel a huge difference after few days or a week. Took me months. Placebo effect?
 

mika1979

Professional
Trust me, Nadal's language is funny but his philosophy of life is not. To me he appears to be a very clear cut individual on most of things related to his personal life. If and when he marries he will give all he can to it.


Federer was so lucky that his "the one" happened to be fabulous and strong woman who made his goals her own and seems to love his success as much as him.
Mirka likes a nice cheque the most
 

vanioMan

Legend
shows that Djokovic is willing to sacrifice more (at least more of certain things) than Federer or Nadal.

but, it also shows that he had to sacrifice more as well.

I think Nadal is not willing to be a husband and father while still competing at the highest level. idk if thats a sacrifice or not, but interesting nonetheless.

So you made that conclusion from this one single fact without knowing the lives of the Big 3 in detail? Talk about jumping the gun :)
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Poor Novak, ostensibly thinking that having a bite of chocolate every 18 months is going to affect his performance in any way whatsoever compared to having one every other week.

Here's what another tennis pro eats, according to Business Insider:

"To start his day, Player X prefers to go sweet rather than savoury and reportedly enjoys homemade waffles with a fresh fruit compote on the morning of a match."

"In between practice sessions or competition matches, Player X is no stranger to snack bars."

"It's not all health foods, though [sysyphus' note: thank goodness for letting us know it's not all waffles with fruit compote, what a sad life it would be]. Player X does have a sweet tooth and can't resist ice cream. "I like my ice cream, I like my chocolate," he said in 2017. "That’s my diet. I like my treats. I don’t feel bad about it. I can do it and play tennis at the same time.""

Player X won a lot. 20 slams give or take, or so I'm told.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Djokodal baby ain’t nothing but mammals
so let’s leg it like they do on the Tennis TV channel
 

Primavera

Rookie
Nadal has been eating tons of chocolate, incluidng chocolate cookies and Nutella, since his early childhood, and he won more tournaments that Djokovic will ever do. Maybe winning / dieting correlation is not so direct and straightforward :D
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Did you watch his match which he struggled to win against journeyman Johnson??? If you thought that was imposing and impressive, you have very low standards. :confused:
Saw a good bit of the end of it. Looked like a high standard of tennis to me with Johnson on fire.
 
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