By Marika Sboros

(Updated Sept 2016)

World Number One tennis player Novak Djokovic is back as Australian Open champion for 2016. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, the Serbian’s career was in precipitous decline. The pundits were eagerly predicting Djokovic’s early demise.

It’s true that his on-court performance was inconsistent, punctuated by midmatch collapses. He complained of non-specific ailments. Among these were chronic fatigue, chest pains, stomach spasms and breathing difficulties that doctors diagnosed as sports-induced asthma.

Now, he’s is firmly back on track, or rather on court and dietary change appears to be an important factor in his return.