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Born: 1987-05-22
Profession: Athlete
Nation: Serbian
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I had to know at least two languages.

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I had to listen to the classical music because it calms me down, calms my nerves down.

Tags: Classical, Listen, Music

I like my groundstrokes, I can say. I like it. That's my game - I'm a groundstroke player and I play pretty aggressive.

Tags: Game, Player, Pretty

I never wanted to change countries; it's something that is part of me.

Tags: Change, Countries, Wanted

I think luck falls on not just the brave but also the ones who believe they belong there.

Tags: Belong, Brave, Luck

I want the same thing I've wanted since I was 7 years old. I want to be No. 1.

Tags: Old, Since, Wanted

I want to help children in Serbia and around the world so they can realize their dreams.

Tags: Children, Dreams, Help

I'm happy, my family's happy, everything is going well.

Tags: Family, Happy

I'm trying not to pay too much attention to the rankings because calculations can distract you.

Tags: Attention, Pay, Trying

I'm trying to enjoy my lie as much as I can and I know that tennis hopefully is going to be my life the next 10, 15 years.

Tags: Lie, Life, Trying

I've had my ups and downs in my private life.

Tags: Downs, Life, Private

In order to stay where I am - and I want to do that - I have to stay dedicated as well as I have been before I became No. 1.

Tags: Dedicated, Order, Stay

It gives me goose bumps and little butterflies in the stomach when I start thinking about the 'golden slam.'

Tags: Golden, Start, Thinking

It was very unusual for a boy to play tennis in my country.

Tags: Boy, Country, Tennis

Mostly the problems when I was down were caused by myself. There were times when I was not responsible enough or decisive enough.

Tags: Enough, Problems, Times

My grandfather went through a lot in his life.

Tags: Life

Nobody actually played tennis in my family.

Tags: Actually, Family, Nobody

People look up to me as somebody who is able to switch the image of our country from negative to positive.

Tags: Country, Negative, Positive

Serbian history tells that the family is the most important thing and you have to stick with the family.

Tags: Family, History, Stick

Tennis is my life, obviously; I need to focus, I need to win. But it's not the only thing. I'm not going to play forever.

Tags: Focus, Life, Win

The confidence is there, the game is there, but physically you can't fight nature sometimes. You can't do much about it.

Tags: Confidence, Fight, Nature

The tradition in Serbia has always been team sports - football, basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo, individual sports are not supported.

Tags: Basketball, Football, Sports

Those born into poverty or on the margins of society require our extra support to realize their dreams.

Tags: Dreams, Poverty, Society
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We have a harder way to succeed in life as Serbs because of the past that we had and because of the history we had.

Tags: History, Life, Past

What I learned as a young child continues to have a tremendous impact on my life today.

Tags: Learned, Life, Today

You have to consistently be successful to be one of the top players in the world, and everything is possible in life.

Tags: Life, Possible, Successful

I love football and it's the sport I would really like to play. I've said on national television here that I would really love to play for one of our football clubs when I finished my tennis career.

Tags: Career, Football, Love

My father had never watched tennis, never liked tennis too much. He said, 'OK, we buy a racket, we watch together,' because we didn't know anything. It was a process of learning together that made it more interesting.

Tags: Father, Learning, Together

But, it's because we have a harder way to succeed in life as Serbs because of the past that we had and because of the history that we had. We have to dig deeper and we have to do much more in order to be seen and to be spotted.

Tags: History, Life, Past

Even though now I'm pretty popular in my country and tennis is the No. 1 sport, and I'm very flattered that the people recognise me and come up and give me compliments, I'm more a person who likes to have privacy and peace.

Tags: Country, Give, Peace

I don't think there has been enough communication between the players and the tournaments. In one sense it's just as much the players' fault. Players talk between each other and in the locker room about things that can be improved and then when the time comes to talk and really do something about it they stop.

Tags: Enough, Sense, Time

I haven't been in tennis for that long, but what I can say is that we have a lot of young guys at the top who are willing to do a lot of good things for tennis in general.

Tags: Good, Guys, Young

It's always easier if you have the support of your family, if you're not alone. I came from a country that has been through a lot of troubles in the last 20 to 30 years, but we have been through them together.

Tags: Alone, Family, Together

My mother is a special story. She went through so much to bring us up, four men at home, especially when our country was going through really difficult times.

Tags: Home, Men, Mother

My nutritionist has done a great job in changing my diet after we established I am allergic to things like gluten - I can't eat pizza, pasta and bread. I have lost some weight, but my movement is sharper and I feel great.

Tags: Diet, Great, Job

Not everybody can like what I do, and if you feel that somebody is coming up closer to you and starting the rivalry and everything, you maybe change your position to him.

Tags: Change, Everybody, Him

Tennis players we're always playing in center courts that feel like arenas. And when we get on the court and the crowd cheers your name or salutes you - it's like you're a gladiator in the arena. And everyone is cheering - and you're fighting, you're screaming, during your strokes - it feels like you're an animal, fighting for your life.

Tags: Everyone, Fighting, Life

The history of our country is cruel. We have to face those issues or, should I say, we had to. Not anymore I hope, because we are going in the right direction, and we are ready to forgive, ready to move on.

Tags: Country, History, Hope

Well, I do feel that I carry the responsibility of representing my country wherever I am, and this responsibility came with the success that I had in last couple of years, not just myself but the whole group of tennis players that comes from Serbia. And athletes in general are, in this moment, the biggest ambassadors that our country has.

Tags: Country, Moment, Success

It's interesting that I had such a close relationship with my grandfather. Because your parents always judge you: they say, 'You shouldn't do this, you shouldn't do that.' But with your grandparents you have a feeling that you can say anything or you can do anything, and they will support you. That's why you have this kind of connection.

Tags: Feeling, Judge, Parents

In terms of playing ability there is nothing to choose between number one and 100. Instead, it's a question of who believes and who wants it more? Which player is mentally stronger? Which player is going to fight the hardest in the big points? These are the things that determine who is the champion.

Tags: Between, Big, Fight

I'm a happy man, because I am successful in what I do, of course; but what makes me most happy is I have people around me that I love and who love me back. This, for me, is the most important thing. Nobody likes to be alone.

Tags: Alone, Happy, Love

Imagine a part of the U.S.A., from which the U.S.A. started - where is the cradle of your history? This is Kosovo for Serbia.

Tags: History, Imagine, Started

In my case, I can sincerely say that nothing is impossible... When I was saying I want to be No. 1 of the world, and I was seven or eight years old, most of the people were laughing at me because it seems like I have one percent of chances to do that, and I've done it.

Tags: Done, Impossible, Saying

Joking around is part of my personality, just who I am.

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I stopped thinking too much about what could happen and relied on my physical and mental strength to play the right shots at the right time.

Tags: Strength, Thinking, Time

I love being around people who care about me, and I care about them.

Tags: Care, Love

My father never talked about the sacrifices that the family made for me.

Tags: Family, Father, Sacrifices

And when I was saying I want to become number one of the world and I was 7, 8 years old, most of the people were laughing to me. Because you know, it seemed like I have one percent chances to do that. And I've done it.

Tags: Done, Old, Saying

I have been through two wars in my 24 years, and I know what it's like to be without anything, to see the bombs flying above your head.

Tags: Above, Flying, Head

Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands.

Tags: Everyone, Game, Great

Building a solid foundation in the early years of a child's life will not only help him or her reach their reach their full potential but will also result in better societies as a whole.

Tags: Help, Him, Life

All children have rights and those rights must be protected.

Tags: Children, Protected, Rights

As a kid I was creative.

Tags: Creative, Kid

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of baseball.

Tags: Baseball, Big, Fan

I always tried to win. I was as competitive as I am today.

Tags: Today, Tried, Win

I always try to adjust to the situation.

Tags: Adjust, Situation, Try

I always try to have something that keeps my mind relaxed, keeps my mind a little bit off tennis.

Tags: Mind, Off, Try

I am fast and very powerful on the court, so this is what matters.

Tags: Fast, Matters, Powerful

I am very skinny.

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I cannot guarantee anything.

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I embraced, I think, the process of becoming No. 1 of the world, which was long and difficult, but it's sweeter in the end.

Tags: Difficult, End, Process

I feel the pressure.

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I had a unique privilege to have a good start in life and a chance to develop my talents.

Tags: Good, Life, Start
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