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Serbia ace Novak Djokovic reveals 'biggest motivation' that keeps him going in tennis

Serbia ace Novak Djokovic reveals
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Novak Djokovic, who is set to play his first-round match in Dubai Open on Monday, spoke to reporters earlier in a press conference.

Novak Djokovic, who is set to play his first-round match in Dubai Open on Monday, spoke to reporters earlier in a press conference.

He is coming off a win at the Australian Open that took his Grand Slam-win totals to 17, two behind Rafael Nadal and three behind Roger Federer. Since the Swiss Master withdrew from Dubai Open at the last moment due to knee surgery, in-form Djokovic is a clear favourite to clinch his fifth Dubai Open trophy.

On the eve of Men's Dubai Open, Djokovic spoke to the media at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre where he unfolded the "biggest motivation" at present in his career.

"Yes, there is room for improvement and that's my biggest motivation at the moment. That's probably one of the most prominent reasons why I keep on playing this sport and why I put a lot of effort and dedication every single day. I feel that tennis is a great place for me to improve, not just in tennis but also as a human being to build my character," Djokovic said at a press conference in Dubai.

"Tennis, like no other place in life, triggers my emotions. It's an excellent way for me to understand myself on deeper levels. I see tennis as a great school of life in a way. I also enjoy it. I really love to hold the racquet.

"I enjoy the process and the journey. I have a great team of people around me that puts a lot of energy and faith in me, in my game. Together, we create beautiful things on the court and I'm grateful for that," the Serbian added as he explained how tennis has made a difference in his life.

Djokovic will face Tunisia's Malek Jaziri, who received a wild-card entry into the singles main draw, in his opening round fixture in Dubai on Monday. The other notable names that are going to feature in the men's singles are 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic, World No. 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas and third-seeded Gaël Monfils to name a few.

The hard-court tournament's final is scheduled to be held on Saturday.

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