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on 25 July 2015
It was not what I was expecting but the clue was in the title. This chronicles the tennis career of Djokovic and the birth of Serbia and they coincide. When he retires from tennis he could be anything he wants. He is that well thought of.
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on 25 May 2014
I had greatly looked forward to reading this book about a player who has sparked interest world wide not just for his tennis skills but his humanitarian interests towards his home country. Sadly the book is poorly written, incredibly boring and it's no surprise that Djokovic himself has not endorsed it. Chris Bowers apathetic attempt to tell the story of a fascinating man hinges solely on blow by blow reports of matches reminiscent of radio dialogue not a biography. Not helped by the fact the book is not written in chronological sequence makes it worse with the reader constantly being thrown back and forth much as a tennis ball over the net! It seems that Bowers intent on having a dig at anyone he can from Novak himself to collaborators of a book that Novak has written on his food intolerances. Rarely do I battle to finish a book but this was a long hard effort. When compared to super Biographies written about people like Agassi, it's a shame that Bowers can't take a leaf out of their books and learn how to write with interest, feeling and not endless quotes from people who may or may not being portraying this top tennis player in an accurate light. Fortunately it has not put me off Novak or Serbia but it may do to those who are hoping for a good read.
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on 28 September 2014
Cynical, superficial, humourless, pretentious, prejudiced - an account of Novak's life that could have been written by Federer or his PR machine if they only cared for such a thing. What's the point of this book? Novak's fans won't be pleased and won't learn anything new. Those who don't care for Novak or tennis won't be interested. Substitute Novak's name with Roger or Rafael or Andy, and Serbia with Switzerland, Spain or Scotland and you'd have a lawsuit and public outcry about so poorly researched, badly written and opinionated view of a man and his country. Backhanded compliments and pretence of good intentions and sympathy do nothing to make it more palatable, and some misguided historic, anthropological and psychological references to Serbs and Serbia do not make it objective. Criticism of Novak, Novak's, father, Serbia (the list goes on) are not the main problem of this book (even though this would antagonise majority of the potential readers of this book). The main problem is that it is poorly written and uninspiring.
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on 5 September 2016
How can it end up when a tennis commentator will try to write a political manifesto. Its a mixture of "history", Bowers assumptions, lets politely say views. Not even trials in Haag came up with so much blame to Serbia so far. Historical inaccuracies and delusions are topped with pure conspiration theories as "sucide of Milosevic" and so on. The first two capitols are full of this kind "history" or better to say stories.
This has nothing to do with the real actions or the history of the country of Serbia or Yugoslavia. He just wanna show wasteland Serbia and then getting back it pride by crawling to the western "patrons".
But the BIGGEST flaw regards this book (I can't say biography or book about a sportsman) is that it is failing in the interpretation of Djokovic as sportsman in real facts and career developments rather than just authors fantasies and schemes.
No wonder Djokovic refused any direct cooperation on this book, Bowers even fooled people around him to cooperate (like good hearted MRs. Jelena Gencic). Book is just using the name of Djokovic to sneaky bring the war topic to the sports.
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on 27 July 2014
An unauthorised biography so little in the way of in-depth interviews with the man himself or these closest to him so therefore a lot of speculation and supposition both about Djokovic and Serbia.

Also appears that due to lack of volume "padding" was added in the forum of endless match summaries.

Overall I would describe it as "OK", not totally unreadable but a lot of bring sections to skip to get to anything of any real substance.
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on 24 September 2016
very nice book , complete also about Serbian history!
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on 11 November 2016
An interesting read but quite heavy going
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on 4 September 2015
An enjoyable read, would recommend
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on 27 January 2016
fantastic thank you
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on 21 July 2016
For any Novak Djokovic fan, this is a must to read. From very humble beginnings to the star he is now - a brilliant story
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