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Djokovic Beats The Heat

Melbourne, Australia

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic uses mental as well as physical preparation to combat the soaring temperatures.

After Novak Djokovic’s merciless straight-sets victory over Argentinian Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday, his Australian Open winning streak expanded to 23 matches. Indeed, coping with the testing Melbourne temperatures is something Djokovic has been increasingly comfortable with in the past three years. 

“There are plenty of differences,” Djokovic said on his development since retiring against Andy Roddick in 2009, when he was defending champion. “Obviously as the years go by, I'm more mature as a player, as a person. I’ve learned new things in life. I developed myself. I physically got stronger, mentally also. All of this plays an important role when you are playing in such conditions.

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“It's not easy. Maybe it looks it, but I do go through tough times after long rallies, as everybody does, trying to get some air obviously. Generally it's much more efficient for me nowadays to recover and to get ready for next point than it used to be 2009, when I retired from my match against Roddick.”

The 26-year-old Serb explained it is as much about mental preparation as physical when the mercury is rising on court.

“Knowing that I played a day match today, I prepared myself mentally for that. It's not just physically. Mentally you need to be tough enough to not give up and not think about what conditions can do to you.”

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