I come from nowhere - Djokovic says that hard childhood made him a fighter

MELBOURNE: all conqueror Novak Djokovic on Sunday he said a turbulent childhood where he had to stand in line to get milk and bread at war Serbia made him hungry for success, after fighting from the edge to win his eighth Australian Open .

The 32-year-old needed to deepen to recover from two sets to one for the first time in a Grand Slam final and fight against the fifth-fifth Austrian. Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

His eighth victory in eight finals in Melbourne Park handed him a 17th Major to move within three of Roger Federer of all time 20.

When asked how he managed to keep winning in situations of pressure, Djokovic said it was derived from his first years of life.

My upbringing was in Serbia during several wars during the '90s, difficult time, however in our country where we had to wait in line for bread, milk, water, some basic things in life, he said.

These kinds of things make you stronger and hungry for success, I think whatever you choose to do.

That has probably been my base, the very fact that I came literally from nothing and the difficult circumstances of life together with my family and my people.

Going back to that, reminding me where I come from always inspires me, motivates me to push even more.

That is probably one of the reasons why I managed to find that additional equipment or the mental strength necessary to overcome the challenges when they arise.

The match against Thiem was one of those occasions.

He seemed in trouble after losing the second and third set, with his low energy levels and a coach telling him he was dehydrated.

I definitely didn't feel well. I didn't know what the next moment was. I was trying to stay alive mentally and emotionally, he said.

I was a little surprised that I felt that way because everything was fine before the game. During the first two sets, everything was fine. But it is something you have to accept that you are going through.

Those kinds of circumstances really force me to leave things and really try to be in the moment and fight to return.

The victory assured that Djokovic will be number one in the world when the new rankings are published on Monday, displacing Nadal. Federer continues third with Thiem raising a place to a fourth place in his career.

He also moved it alongside Nadal (12 at the French Open) and Federer (eight at Wimbledon) as the third man to win eight or more titles in the same Slam.

Djokovic said winning important titles was the reason he continued to play tennis.

Obviously at this stage of my career, the Grand Slams are the ones I value most. They are the ones I prioritize, he said.

Before the season begins, I try to establish my form, form for these events in which I can be in my best physical, mental and tennis skills.

The Grand Slams are one of the main reasons why I am still competing and still playing all season.