Sometimes I have to let it rip, says Djokovic

Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:45am EST
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By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic's flamboyant on-court demeanor may be occasionally unacceptable but it is an integral part of his success, the world number one said.

In a pre-recorded appearance on Serbian state television aired on Monday night, the 27-year old from Belgrade also confirmed he would lead Serbia in their March 6-8 Davis Cup first-round home clash with traditional rivals Croatia.

"Mangling my racket and an odd swearword on the court is not something I am proud of and it shouldn't happen," said Djokovic, who won his fifth Australian Open title in Melbourne last month.

"But even my coaches have told me that it's sometimes better to let it all out, the anger inside you, because keeping it bottled would just eat you up in the long term.

"I want to be my own man. I don’t like duplicity and hence I want to be sincere and speak my mind every time. Sometimes my emotions may seem unacceptable but that’s me."

Djokovic is currently in the United Arab Emirates where he faces Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the first round of the ATP 500 Dubai tennis championships later on Tuesday.

The world number one also dwelled on his enviable fitness which has played a crucial part in winning eight grand slam titles.

"I never once contemplated taking banned substances and I could never do such a thing because I have been brought up in a different manner.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Fernando Verdasco of Spain in their men's singles third round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter