KEY POINTS

  • Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have a 'dream' WhatsApp group chat
  • Djokovic recently defeated Federer at the Australian Open's semi-final
  • Djokovic will be in action Wednesday in Dubai Open's second round

Word No. 1 Novak Djokovic has revealed that there is an exclusive WhatsApp group chat comprising the three Big Three of tennis.

Djokovic, who is currently competing at the ongoing ATP 500 Dubai Open, gave some interesting details about a WhatsApp group chat where he keeps in touch with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Ahead of Men’s Dubai Open, Djokovic gave an interview to Dubai Eye 103.8 Sport where he said the three legendary tennis stars get along really well as he thinks there is  “tremendous” respect for each other.

“We are all active and we are not active. When we’re not active, we’re not active. But when we are, everybody responds,” says Djokovic before breaking into laughter as he spoke about the dream WhatApp Group.

“We get along very well. I think there is tremendous respect for each other privately and also professionally, so as long as this is the case I think everybody benefits from that, also the sport,” Djokovic further said.

The World No. 1 has had a brilliant start to the season, having won straight 14 games. It is his best start since 2016 (at 14-0). Overall, his best start till date remains the 2011 season where he bagged victories in his first 41 matches of the year.

Djokovic played his opening fixture at the Dubai Open on Tuesday where he thrashed Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2. In the next round, which will be played Wednesday, Djokovic is set to take on Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in Dubai, who defeated him last year at Indian Wells.

Djokovic, who has won four trophies in Dubai, had won the tournament three consecutive years between 2009 and 2011, while his last win in Dubai came in 2013 where he had defeated now retired Tomáš Berdych in straight sets.

Djokovic went on to add that every single season he has to adjust to the changes that take place, while he insisted that he does not believe in the concept of “comfort zone.”

“I adjust every single season, every single year to the changes that I experience as a person and as a player. I don't believe in such thing as stagnation or comfort zone. I don't think that the comfort zone exists really. You're constantly challenged on every level I think every single day."

"I am continuously trying with my team to come up with different ways of training, approaching things like recovery or mental training, emotional training. I think a combination of all these different elements gives you the formula for success,” Djokovic further added in the interview.

Novak Djokovic has the edge over Roger Federer in recent Grand Slams Novak Djokovic has the edge over Roger Federer in recent Grand Slams Photo: AFP / Ben STANSALL

The Serbian also said he is flawed but is always trying to work on himself and that matters the most.

“Obviously hasn't worked always perfectly [different ways of training], but I understand and I accept that I'm flawed as everybody else. I think being conscious of that, trying to work on yourself… the internal work is the biggest work you possibly could do."

"Of course, I still spend a lot of time on the court, in the gym. You have to. There are certain things you have to do obviously physically, but you can do a lot of things mentally, emotionally, which allow you to be in that flow state, allow you to be in your peak performance every single match,” Djokovic, who is in action again Wednesday, added.