Djokovic recalls how, in a classic rookie move, he ordered the steak tartare, not realising that it would come raw.
The man whose autobiography is also a recipe book can't resist bringing up the purity of his daily routine – even if, in this case, he was partly joking.
His gluten-free diet (which has actually relaxed a little, now that the initial sensitivity has faded) is one of the key facts everybody knows about him, along with his upbringing in war-torn Serbia.
“I have already had the very unique experience of representing my country at the Olympics. And with the way the last couple of seasons have gone for me, I feel I can do very well Rio.
The tennis will be played on a hard court, in the middle of the summer, when the conditions will be quite challenging for everybody in terms of heat and humidity.
How close did Novak Djokovic come last season to pulling off tennis’s holy grail: the calendar grand slam?
Closer, in pure result terms, than even Serena Williams.The Rio Games, though, stands out from the crowd - if only because this is the one title the players don’t fight for every year.Speaking exclusively to the Daily Telegraph this week, Djokovic put a gold medal right at the pinnacle of his agenda for 2016.Serbia wasn’t the only culprit in the Balkans war that raged across what used to be known as Yugoslavia in the 1990s but it copped most of the bad press and, as the new century dawned, its image lay in ruins.Restoring a sense of national pride can be difficult but, usually, it doesn’t take as long as altering the perception of the outside world.He's working every day."Later in his post-match news conference, Djokovic noted that the impersonation was not perfect: "I have to gain a few kilos and color my hair in order to do the proper Becker imitation."Djokovic enters the quarterfinal on a 28-match winning streak, not having lost since his 2013 U. IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / MAL FAIRCLOUGHMAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 526197399 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Serena Williams of the United States plays a backhand in her fourth round match against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during day seven of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.