Nole chatted with his Chinese fans through the most popular free instant messaging service in China – QQ.
Novak’s Official QQ account currently has nearly 3 million followers. After winning the Australian Open and leading Serbia into the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals, the world no.1 took time to answer the 15 most interesting questions from fans. Here are
some of them:
Q: Have you ever thought about breaking Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slams?
Novak: I didn’t necessarily think about breaking his record, but I definitely thought of winning more GSs.
Q: Many fans were very interested in your final match which was against Murray, do you think the duel between you and Murray could replace the duel between Federer and Nadal?
Novak: Maybe, but it doesn’t have to replace it because Murray and me, we have quite different rivalry than Roger and Rafa. So our matches just add one more interesting rivalry on tour.
Q: You teach me a lot about tennis and life, and you’re like my role model. Can you tell me how do you handle difficulties and challenges in your life and career?
Novak: Thank you! That’s really inspiring to hear. Handling difficult situations is never easy, I always try to be positive and believe that I can overcome them. There is no recipe for it unfortunately.
Q: Nole, which GS is most important in your mind this year? AO, Wimbledon or Roland Garros?
Novak: This year it’s all about RG! But, I wouldn’t mind winning all 3 :)
Q: How do you relax when you feel tired? How do you motivate yourself?
Novak: I relax with my girlfriend and friends. We walk in the nature, read books, cook. Being surrounded with people who love me is very important to me, they give me back the energy when I’m tired or down.
Q: Hi, Nole. May you win the championship in Melbourne. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Novak: Thank you! In 10 years? Hmm, I see myself as a father :)
Q: Did your design your shirt for games by yourself or just pick them from the Uniquo?
Novak: We do it together, they suggest me couple of options and then we talk about which one I like the most and they try to work around that. Uniqlo is doing amazing work so far! Do you like my game wear?
Q: Dear Nole! Can you swim? Which one is your style: breaststroke, front crawl, butterfly or backstroke?
Novak: Yeah, I can swim. I learned when I was little and can do all styles.
You can read all questions and answers on Nole’s QQ page.
In order to be closer to his Chinese fans, Nole launched his Sina Weibo profile in January, and has almost 200,000 fans on one of the most popular websites in Asia.
Photo: Michael Babic