Novak Djokovic advised his rivals that getting hitched and having kids will do wonders for their tennis after he celebrated his first wedding anniversary with a third Wimbledon triumph.
No mug as a bachelor, the world No.1 has been nigh unbeatable since tying the knot with long-time girlfriend Jelena Ristic on July 12 last year, just a week after he claimed his second title at the All England Club.
“One year ago, I won the trophy and on this day we got married in the church, started a new life together,” Djokovic said after his 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 victory over Roger Federer on Sunday.
“It’s really an amazing chapter of my life that I’m trying to enjoy as much as I can.
“Of course, becoming parents in October was another great dimension of love and energy for us. Got us even closer together.
“So obviously when you’re going for annual holidays with the Wimbledon trophy, it’s slightly different than when you’re not.
“But I think whether I’m winning or losing, she’s always there. Family’s always there.”
Since Stefan entered the world, Djokovic has taken his game to even higher levels, accruing nine trophies – including his eighth and ninth grand slam titles – and winning 65 of 69 matches.
“When I go back home, I’m not a tennis player anymore. I’m a father and a husband,” the Serb added after denying tennis’ big daddy Federer the spoils for the second year in a row at the All England Club.
“That’s a kind of balance that I think allows me to play this well.
“Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I won many tournaments.
“I suggest that to every player: get married, have kids, let’s enjoy this.”