Of all his accomplishments, which embody 18 grand slams, 5 ATP Finals titles and quite a few different data, Djokovic ranks this one amongst his favorites.
“Well, it’s just happiness, joy,” the 33-year-old tells CNN’s Christina Macfarlane of his feelings. “I mean, I am so thrilled and proud, very proud [of] this achievement and it’s kind of like a crown of all the achievements that I had in last 15 or 15 plus years of [my] professional tennis career.
“On this big day, clearly, I am going again in time and keep in mind my humble beginnings, after I grabbed a racquet for the primary time and the way in which I fell in love with the game and the assist that I had from my dad and mom and folks that helped me notice my dream. So, in fact, I am overjoyed with all of the feelings.
“I think the reason for that is there are so many people here in Serbia where I am at the moment that have contacted me, that have congratulated me, that it made me feel that this is a celebration o the country and the city and not just my own.
“So I really feel that has allowed me to extra intrinsically and extra profoundly reside these feelings, as a result of I wakened right now and it was form of, you understand, another day the place I rise up and I work and I am going via my very own routines and I did not really feel the importance of it but till I took my cellphone, till I began assembly individuals after which I spotted: ‘Wow, it’s a actually big day and I am very grateful for it.'”
Djokovic credits much of his success to his parents’ support and resilience. Despite growing up in war-torn Belgrade, Serbia, they still found a way to provide him with everything he needed to follow his dream of becoming a professional tennis player.
Looking back, if Djokovic could speak to his seven-year-old self — the boy who made his own Wimbledon’s winners’ wall in his bedroom — what would he tell him?
“That goals are achievable,” he says. “Every part is feasible when you dream large. It’s best to dare to dream large, you should not get discouraged by what society or the environment are telling you if it is opposing among the large goals that you’re nurturing, which may make you cheerful, that basically deliver pleasure to you when you consider that, once you dream them.
“I’ve been so fortunate in my life to have parents that were very strong in the midst of the war and hardship that we were living through during the 90s and have their unconditional love and support to to play the sport that wasn’t even a tradition in our family or in our country.
“It was very costly sport, however one way or the other they managed to do it, to truly purchase me racquets and I may have a coach and I may have circumstances that had been honest sufficient or adequate for me to develop as much as be knowledgeable tennis participant. So goals do actually come true.”