6 Things We Learned Having Dinner With Novak Djokovic

1 | He sings Bryan Adams songs when he cooks. “I like to listen to music, when I cook especially. I listen to romantic songs because you need to cook with love and that’s the whole point. It’s the most important thing. Bryan Adams: Here I am!

2 | His parents owned a restaurant in Belgrade when he was growing up. “We had a restaurant in a mountain resort called Kopaonik, in the south of Serbia. I spent a lot of time there helping out – washing dishes, being the waiter, bringing and buying stuff, and cooking – whatever I could do. I was four or five years old when they started making tennis courts in front of the restaurant. That was the first time I’d seen a tennis racket and a tennis ball, and it was kind of a sign of my destiny.”

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3 | Breakfast is his favourite meal of the day and he prefers pancakes, which are also his culinary specialty. “Not the American pancakes – the thin ones. Our restaurant was famous for those so I know how to make them deliciously.”

4 | When he was little, he mocked up a Wimbledon trophy to spur himself on in training. “It didn’t look great, but it gave me the motivation to inspire me. When you’re a child, your imagination works 300 miles per hour and you’re able to come up with visions that for adults don’t make any sense. Every child should have this freedom to imagine.”

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5 | Though he normally keeps to a strict gluten and dairy free diet, he has his cheat days too. “On my cheat days I’ll order a pizza to remind me of what I’m missing. I don’t feel very great after but sometimes it’s nice to have it. At home we make dehydrated fruits with coconut oil and stuff like this, but sometimes I’ll have ice cream and popcorn. Or ice cream with chocolate tart. And pancakes – the real, gluten ones.”

6 | He’d want Leonardo DiCaprio or Robert De Niro playing him in a movie. “They’re both older than me so I don’t know how that would work, but I’m friends with both the guys and they’re great so I thought that they would be a good fit. They’re both pretty good at what they do.”

Jacob’s Creek, the official wine of Wimbledon, launched its ‘Made By’ film series, staring Djokovic, in January. Wach 'Made By Determination' here.

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