MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Six Grand Slam singles titles and more than $58 million in career prize money appear not to have affected Novak Djokovic's perspective on life, both on and off the tennis court.
Not long after the Serbian star's 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win Wednesday over Leonardo Mayer at the Australian Open — his 24th win in a row at Melbourne Park as he attempts to capture his fourth consecutive Australian title — he was asked to explain the best part of being him.
"Well, usually I do not like to talk too much about myself, I leave that to other people," Djokovic said. "I think they can make a judgment about who I am and how good or not good I am on the court and off the court.
"But for me it's important to always know where I come from, be grateful for the life that I have. Since I was four or five years old I played this sport, always dreamed of playing on this stage, so I don't take any situation for granted. Being aware of all these things is the best of being Novak Djokovic."
The 26-year-old former No. 1 didn't take anything for granted Wednesday on Rod Laver Arena, preferring to get off the court as quickly as possible in the continuing hot temperatures — a high of 42 degrees Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) — at Melbourne Park.