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Serve to Win: The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,976 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Novak Djokovic reveals the gluten-free diet and fitness plan that transformed his health and pushed him to the pinnacle.

In 2011, Novak Djokovic had what sportswriters called the greatest single season ever by a professional tennis player: He won ten titles, three Grand Slams, and forty-three consecutive matches. Remarkably, less than two years earlier, this champion could
Hardcover, 161 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Zinc Ink (first published 2013)
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Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, I'm going to say that I typically don't read these kinds of books. So why did I pick up Serve To Win? Well I needed a quick read and happened to come across this book written by one of my favorite tennis players (so yeah I guess that makes me a bit biased but watcha gonna do). Seeing as I'm still a teenager, I don't feel the need to change my eating habits. I don't have much control over what I eat, as I'm not the one buying groceries or cooking dinner every week (thanks mom). Still, ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I made the mistake of watching him play and now I am desperately in love. Not just with Novak but also Tennis as a sport. ( Regret having never played it)
I now also admire Roger, Murray and Nadal.

The book is basically about how changes in his diet helped him become world no. 1
(Boy does it take a lot of sacrifice)
He gives his daily routine. Advices on eating right, exercising, having positive thoughts etc.

It is astonishing how we can go through our entire lives without realizing that we are eatin
Anne Hamilton
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scientists who research agricultural genetics have found that much of gluten in the genetically modified wheat - which makes up almost 100% of the wheat eaten on earth today - is structurally different from anything that occurs in nature.

Djokovic records the extraordinary change in his health, well-being and stamina in competition when he gave up gluten. (Hard for a guy whose family owned a pizza shop to discover he had developed a critical sensitivity to wheat, cheese and tomato!)

The thing I li
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this book was released in the UK, Federer had just suffered a shocking second-round loss at Wimbledon, making him unable to defend his title that year; so the last thing I wanted to hear about was his nemesis, a.k.a Djokovic (or, as I like to call him, Djokobitch, but let’s not get carried away...) Yet, the other day, a staggering turn of events – still inexplicable today – pushed me to reach for this book as I found it on the shelves of my local library. Why not, I thought with a joking sm ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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First of all, I like Nole and I'm a constant follower of his game for the past couple years already. With this book Novak explains how many benefits a gluten-free diet had on his health and fitness - and how many benefits it can have for basically everyone as well.
Although I'm quite familiar with subjects like nutrition and diet this book provides a few extra tips on how to manage a life with celiac disease.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I can say about this book is this:

A book that can be read in a day and can make habits for a life.

I knew already some of the ideas that Novak sent with this books, but some of them are habbits that I can't wait to explore.
Nhi Hexe
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The only reason I did not give it a 5 stars is because the book is that the book still missing more personal information (or emotion) from Nole as I expected. I know the book focuses mainly on his diet plan and his advices how to be come fit mentally and physically. But considering this is kind of biography, I would like to read more about other things, not only food stuffs and some science information. I also read Nadal's memoir and totally like that kind of writing more than this one from Nova ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will never stop to be amazed on how the Serb manages to save championship points with such audacity and perseverance, time after time (later example being Wimbledon '19). Although there are very few crumbles on his mentality on what he does out of the court to remain No1, this is mainly targeted as a nutrition book, with great considerations on gluten and holistically healthy food. Some great health tips as well.
Looking forward to any future book he authors, diving deeper into his life, both i
Vladimir Trendafilov
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No matter if you are sportsman, businessman or you do something else if you want to be successful you should know what influence your health specifically what you eat. Djokovic shares his story about how changing his diet and lifestyle helped him become physically and mentally stronger.
Alina Maria Cristea
Haha, I didn't notice the subtitle when I bought the book, so I thought it would be more about tennis, not about food. 😝 Anyhow, it was an interesting, pleasant read. ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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The year 2011 was a game changer for Novak Djokovic and the tennis world as a whole. A monumental season where he went on a 41 match win streak, won 10 tournaments including 3 majors and became the first player in over 7 years to break the stranglehold that Federer and Nadal held over the No. 1 spot.

When he first broke into the top 10, it was obvious that he had the talent to become a great player and was growing hugely popular amongst fans. His potential was confirmed in 2008 when he won his fi
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
It's my fault; I ignored the subtitle. I was curious about what Djokovic had to say, even though, as a friend of mine mentioned, most professional tennis players wait until after they've retired and maybe divorced before they put out an autobiography.

I'm pretty sure he has a fascinating story to tell, what with his childhood in Serbia during NATO bombings, and he does offer a few scrapings of anecdotes from that period. But he moves quickly through his rise in tennis stardom and focuses in on th
Rebecca Zanrè
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was incredibly refreshing and it made me wonder and question my life. I, as a person, am constantly inspired by the constant determination Nole shows to us everyday and in all his matches, I was since the first time I saw him on tv. He got me to love tennis like Pete Sampras got him, I just happen to be the laziest person in the world. That settled I should say that the book really made me think and gave me some good advices. Finally as a fan and a supporter is beautiful getting to know him a ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although there is a lot of literature about the benefits of cutting out gluten among other things, its still very interesting to read how Novak applies his research into diet and the methods that have worked for him. Millions could benefit from applying the diet he follows, but as he states, people know what to eat for health but most still choose the unhealthy option. He clearly puts forward the importance of listening to your body and being open minded to trying new things out to see if they w ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Really enjoyed this. Some tempting recipes that sound worth a try, and a few good stories of growing up with mentors, coaches and falling bombs.
The book takes in low-GI diets, mindfulness, meditation including yoga, and some massages, stretches and exercises you can try - without being too dogmatic about any of them.
Same applies to the gluten-free diet which is the core of this book: Give it a try, it says, just for 14 days; look what it did for me on the world tennis stage, though you probably
Zac Sigler
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Some things are common sense, and some I've heard before. Where Novak differs from every other mass-marketed diet book that I've come across in the U.S. is that he suggests changing one thing at a time rather than making a wholesale change in diet. This is to allow the dieter to assess the effect of each dietary change. So far I have begun doing what he suggests after waking up in the morning, and I haven't felt a need to drink coffee for morning energy. Next week I will change what I eat for br ...more
Lori Winslow
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and could not put it down.

It is written in a conversational tone, that makes it easy to understand. I am a huge tennis fan, and this made me relate to the rigors of his training schedule even more.

I watched Novak Djokovic drop out of matches and I watched his amazing, dominating year last year.

My mother has been diagnosed with Gluten sensitivity and feels like an outcast, I love how inclusive this plan feels. I am starting my 2 week trial to see how much better I feel.

I won t
Janno Teelem
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I really liked about this book is not necessarily Novak's gluten-free diet and recipes (although I got a lot of great ideas and recipes to try in my own diet), but his attitude and approach in life in general. He is analytical, observing and open-minded to try various things to achieve his goals and live a happy life. Staying present in the moment, focusing on quality instead of quantity and planning well ahead appear to be the blueprints of many top performers, including Novak. Very inspri ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
well done Novak as a tennis player and a person suffering from many food intolerances this book was written for Me!,

Thanks to Novak the world will be healthier ,even if you change to some of his plan , you can,t go wrong!

it is actually easy for me to eat this way!

here is to more grand slam titles, but I am also a federer fan and hate to admit it John Macenroe,

Favorite woman. Steffi Graf. Bar none!,,,,
Johannes Koch
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An insightful read! As a tennis and fitness fan it provides some nice templates to work off. It is not only factual but motivational in its delivery and a credit goes to Djokovic for his discipline and unbridled commitment to tennis. At times it can repetitive as it tries to hammer home a point and Djokovic's story deserves more in places.... still five stars though. ...more
Marko Mrdak
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very simple and concrete book about nutrition that doesnt require any previous knowledge in this field. For those who still want to understand and learn the basics of eating healthy I think this should be a very good start. It is approachable to any reader and most important, it does give some results both physically and mentally. btw I skipped the first part regarding tennis matches.
Praveena D.M.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Stop whatever you are doing. Read this book. Its top priority.

We are doing lot of wrong in our food in taking and the way treat the food. Novak starting from his routine to food recipes shared everything. The secrets of how novak from the Serbia able to stay in No.1 ranking for such a long time is out now.

Must read
Jacob Schluter
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly filled with great humour and only a teeny tiny little bit of questionable science (the holding of bread?).

But a great read interspersed with history of Novak's life and the challenges he went through as he tweaked the 1%ers in his life to become a better athlete and person. Enjoyable and short read - and in Novak's typical irreverent voice.
Vanea Tudor
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great and easy read about how a champion like Djokovic eat and train everyday! Useful tips about what to eat to eliminate foods with gluten.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The purpose of the book revolves around only a few things and just reveals the tip of the icerberg into the most discliplined lifestyle of this tennis ace.
Goran Šarac
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been trying to persuade people to cut out gluten and the result was fatal - yes, for me!
Perhaps they'll heed to Nole's advice!
Francisco Lemos
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With three Grand Slam titles, five Masters 1000, a 41 match winning streak while beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer eleven times in twelve matches and achieving the World number 1 ranking, 2011 Novak Djokovic tennis season should be regarded as the best men's tennis season of all time. And what a remarkable achievement that is!

In this book, Nole (as his parents and fellow country men like to call him) unveils the dietary changes that made him reach the pinnacle of the sport. By giving up glu
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is written by Novak - one of my most favourite sports player in the world. Being a fan of tennis since years and having played it for quite some time, I have some idea of how incredible his success and journey has been. The books starts off by Novak describing his early life and is biographical in some sense with a few laughs here and there. Novak does have a sense of humour which comes along in the book pretty well. One of the moments which left me in even more admiration is the time ...more
Abhijeet Dangat
2000s - I grew up idolising Federer and Nadal, and I liked Djokovic more for his humour/impressions than his tennis. Since then, what Djokovic has achieved on court is remarkable! He was the best player of 2010s without a doubt.

In this book, Djokovic writes how his gluten free, primarily plant-based diet, along with practices such as yoga, meditation and alternative medicine made him a better player than ever before.

If you’ve seen 2019 Wimbledon final and many other similar matches before, you
Gustav Halling
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting read about the training, mindset and diet philosophy of one of the all-time greats. When releasing this book in 2013, much of Djokovich's success still lay ahead of him, which gives an interesting perspective on the ideas presented. I am sure he has gone through much additional refinement since. It is a quick read and sometimes more depth would be nice - but that is perhaps better saved for his post-career biography. Djokovich presents his ideas on a multitude of topics, but the main ...more
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