Novak Djokovic: A Fitness Regimen Away from Greatness

ILekCorrespondent IApril 30, 2009

So, I'm assuming most of you have heard of Novak Djokovic. If you have, then I assume you have also heard of his tendency to retire from matches dut to his low level of fitness (surprisingly low for someone of his ranking).

However, a new fitness regimen, along with his new fitness coach, could take Djokovic to new heights.

Now, let's look at one of Nole's main rivals: Andy Murray.

Murray shot to prominence late last year with some scintillating tennis, at times leaving even the greatest players in the world dumbfounded.

Before this, Murray had been seen as a talented youngster, a player who had all the potential in the world. And once he managed to break into the highest echelons of the tennis world, causing the "Big Three" to be renamed the "Big Four', guess what everyone pointed out first?

His improvement in fitness.

Indeed, even Murray himself has talked about how getting more fit has given him more confidence, allowing him to use his shots much more effectively than he used to.

It is my (perhaps slightly biased) opinion that Djokovic can play at a higher level than Murray.

Right now, Murray is much stronger physically. This, in turn, allows Murray to become stronger mentally, until eventually the Djoker finds himself facing a pumped player while he himself is struggling for breath.

Some of you saw what happened at Monte Carlo. Djokovic had the tennis to beat Nadal, he just didn't have the body. This also makes it harder for him mentally.

Constantly having to play such draining points when you're not in particularly good shape beats away at your head even harder than usual.

If Djokovic can get to the same level fitness-wise that Murray has reached, surely his tennis will reach new heights.

Assuming his choice to hire a new fitness coach pays off, in 10 years we'll be looking at multiple slam-winner in Novak Djokovic, who played some incredible tennis in an era of greats like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal—and probably that Scottish fellow too.