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Denis Istomin

Novak Djokovic has that hunger again to be leader of the pack

Novak Djokovic has that hunger again to be leader of the pack

He couldn’t let up because there was always someone behind him, someone aiming to knock him off his perch as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world.

At the 2016 Australian Open — the third in his astounding streak of four straight Grand Slam titles — Novak Djokovic used an interesting metaphor to explain why he considered complacency his toughest foe. The wolves who were climbing up the mountain to pursue him, he said, “are hungrier than the wolf standing on the hill,” and he meant to do all he could to keep those rivals, those wolves, at bay.

For a while, he did. But he wasn’t so hungry anymore after he won the French Open last June to fill in the only significant...

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