The drama of Dusan Lajovic: "Depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders"
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Dusan Lajovic won his second career title at the ATP 250 tournament in Banja Luka. The Serbian had a dream week and obtained two of the most important and significant victories of his sporting life. The 32-year-old from Belgrade first defeated world number one Novak Djokovic, his most idol, for the first time.
Lajovic has inevitably been conditioned by the feats accomplished by his compatriot in the last fifteen years. The Serbian then managed to overcome number two seed Andrey Rublev in the final. The Russian had added the first Masters 1000 to his palmares last week in Monte-Carlo.
Dusan Lajovic: "I suffered from depression"
However, things didn't always go well for Lajovic. Indeed, the Serbian admitted that he suffered from depression: "I'm happy with the result obtained in Banja Luka, but above all because I'm finally getting my head back up.
They got into a bad circle mentally: I had depressive feelings, anxiety and OCD. This has influenced me a lot on the court. In tennis you have to take care of every detail to compete well. Now things are better, I'm trying to improve.
A psychologist is helping me. I see it as both therapy and training. It's something I want to continue doing even at the end of my career. It's very important, especially after all the things that have happened in the world. You have to accept everything and only then try to fix things.
I am following this path now. I'm slowly starting to talk about these topics, I think it's a good thing. I mention it with the hope that my personal case will help at least one person. I want to show people that there are always solutions.
It will be a big part of my life in the future, because I'm a very introverted person. I think a lot, this could sometimes generate anxiety for things that haven't happened yet." Lajovic will participate this week in the Masters 1000 in Madrid and will challenge the Australian Jason Kubler in his debut.