Djokovic’s mental outlook has undoubtedly contributed to his longevity at the top, with the 36-year-old recently celebrating his 400th week at the summit of the ATP rankings. He gave a telling insight into the secrets behind his success in an interview with The National, explaining that he firmly believes he is the best tennis player in the world.

“What worked for me and still works for me is that confidence level,” began Djokovic. “Of course, always balanced with respect towards the opponent, towards the game, appreciation for the moment, but just self-belief that I know when I’m out there on the court, on any surface against anybody, I am better.

“I am the best. I don’t think there is anything arrogant or pretentious about it, as long as it’s balanced towards respect with the opponent. I try throughout my entire life to always greet and treat every rival with respect, whether I win or lose. I know what they’re going through.”

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