Current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes Sunday evening in America. Djokovic, interviewed by Bob Simon, shared a few thoughts on his childhood goals, his breakthrough at Wimbledon and why it was so difficult to overcome Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic showed an engaging smile and positive outlook, even as he discussed some of his adversities.
The following slides capture six interesting remarks from Simon's interview, accompanied with thoughts and analyses that help reveal more about Djokovic the person and tennis champion.
"In my case, I can sincerely say that nothing is impossible...When I was saying I want to be No. 1 of the world, and I was seven or eight years old, most of the people were laughing at me because it seems like I have one percent of chances to do that, and I've done it."
Many great athletes and prodigies formed a vision of their success at an early age. It's an exceptional trait to keep this belief and dedication through years of training.
Djokovic is one of the very few who got to see his ambitions and work come to fruition. It's a great part of what makes him seem indomitable on the tennis court.
"We didn't need to go to school and we played more tennis...it made us tougher. It made us more hungry, more hungry for the success."
To what extent does poverty or adversity outside of sports shape young, aspiring athletes?
Djokovic, like all great champions, honed his special gift through thousands of hours during his formative and professional career.
With his career, Djokovic has continued to hunger for success, and he's matured greatly with his work ethic and attitude. He is ready for future challenges because he has always trained hard.
"It was like a paradise. It was like a dream...You're realizing your two biggest goals in life...Your dreams to win Wimbledon, to become No. 1 in a couple days time...I could not ask for more."
Wimbledon has always captured the fascination of young tennis players dreaming of glory. It is the ultimate symbol of success in tennis' history and traditions.
For a young Serb growing up in a war-torn nation, his 2011 victory over Rafael Nadal completed his arrival as a champion.
Many other great champions such as Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander were never able to taste this triumph.
"It's a lot of responsibility...I feel the pressure."
Djokovic's rise as a national hero is something he understands. While other athletes claim they are responsible only to their sport or career, Djokovic knows he is an ambassador.
How many millions of searches on Google or Wikipedia have curiously sought out Serbia because of its tennis hero?
While much of the rest of the world is getting to know Djokovic's playful and fun-loving side, Djokovic's own loyal fanbase has always looked to him for inspiration.
How many young fans will be inspired through his tennis and conduct?
"It was all self-belief on the court...I get afraid from winning...I had too much respect for them."
Tennis is a sport in which only a few players at most are allowed to dominate at one time. In order to join or break up this cartel, it requires incredible mental and physical talent.
It is also a revealing comment about self-confidence in tennis.
Djokovic admitted that he had to overcome his own intimidation of Federer and Nadal. Now they must examine their own hearts and inner-beliefs.
"It was incredible, it was historical, it will be in the history books, but I will remember it as the best six months that I ever had."
Djokovic's talent came together so quickly, his dominance caught many fans off guard. His three Grand Slam titles came at the expense of other great champions, which was no easy task.
Clearly, Djokovic is aware of his place in history and of the successful feeling it gave him. He isn't pretending to ignore it, and he will be motivated to continue his trek into history.