My mother is a special story. She went through so much to bring us up, four men at home, especially when our country was going through really difficult times.
You have to consistently be successful to be one of the top players in the world, and everything is possible in life.
The confidence is there, the game is there, but physically you can't fight nature sometimes. You can't do much about it.
My grandfather went through a lot in his life.
I have been through two wars in my 24 years, and I know what it's like to be without anything, to see the bombs flying above your head.
Tennis is my life, obviously; I need to focus, I need to win. But it's not the only thing. I'm not going to play forever.
Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands.
My father never talked about the sacrifices that the family made for me.
It gives me goose bumps and little butterflies in the stomach when I start thinking about the 'golden slam.'
My father had never watched tennis, never liked tennis too much.
He said, 'OK, we buy a racket, we watch together,' because we didn't know anything. It was a process of learning together that made it more interesting.
It's interesting that I had such a close relationship with my grandfather.
Because your parents always judge you: they say, 'You shouldn't do this, you shouldn't do that.' But with your grandparents you have a feeling that you can say anything or you can do anything, and they will support you. That's why you have this kind of connection.
I want the same thing I've wanted since I was 7 years old. I want to be No. 1.
The history of our country is cruel. We have to face those issues or, should I say, we had to. Not anymore I hope, because we are going in the right direction, and we are ready to forgive, ready to move on.
Serbian history tells that the family is the most important thing and you have to stick with the family.
Tennis players we're always playing in center courts that feel like arenas.
And when we get on the court and the crowd cheers your name or salutes you - it's like you're a gladiator in the arena. And everyone is cheering - and you're fighting, you're screaming, during your strokes - it feels like you're an animal, fighting for your life.
I am fast and very powerful on the court, so this is what matters.
I am very skinny.
Not everybody can like what I do, and if you feel that somebody is coming up closer to you and starting the rivalry and everything, you maybe change your position to him.
What would happen if an angel appeared before the American president and told him there was no more need for war? Everything would collapse.
I am a man with a lot of passion.
I think the city is the strongest social memory organ of humanity.
At a certain moment, Yugoslavia stopped being rational, and then you end up going to war.
My father was always saying we were Serbs, but I didn't pay much attention.
If the film is not emotional, then it operates on a superficial level.
I'm just a troublemaker.
When you make movies the way I do, you invest everything you have.
And you do it like a crazy maniac.
I'm not anti-American. I was raised to love both sides.
My relationship with Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is very clear: respect.
We met a couple of times; once I received a medal from him. I respect hugely how he brought Russia back from its knees.
I am somebody who respects Putin highly, but I'm not somebody who is against America.
If you say morality is just what you like, you lose the metaphysical level of what in the history of philosophy is called 'categorical imperative.'
Most people only remember Maradona for the bad parts now.
But he was a genius, someone who lifted us and himself up to the level of the gods.
I am not trying to say I'm a genius, but 'Underground' was the strongest attack there has been on Milosevic. It is about a man who locks his friends in a cellar for 40 years and convinces them that the war is still going on. He uses them, but they still think he is a great guy. And this was shown in every cinema in Serbia.
I started moving towards Serbia when I felt my country, Yugoslavia, was being taken away from me. My feeling of nationality was not as strong as those around me who were attaching themselves to these absurd new entities.
I am very impulsive and very stupid sometimes, but I am very clean.
I've reached the 50th year of my life, and now every question related with life also includes thinking about death. When I leave, I want to leave to my offspring a clear idea about identity.
I was a big fighter when I was younger. In bars I was ready to explode and fight.
Making movies is a dangerous job. Because you are always the one who stands at the center of the universe when making movies.
The advantage of the gypsy language, even though I don't understand it that much, the language is perfect melody. So if you propose the movie the way I do, then the language is just one part of the melody. Orchestrating all inside, and the language is following the meaning of what they say, and it's never the same as written.
Every movie that I do, if you analyze the stories, you can notice that in each story, that within the movie after the first 15 minutes, it could fall apart. Or every 10 minutes it has the chance that you lose the thread. On the other hand, if you succeed in putting them together, then the movie looks spontaneous and more like cinema.
You know, in each segment of ex-Yugoslavia, multi-ethnic life is lost, except I think we somehow still have this in Serbia.
I am finished with cities. I spent four years in New York, ten in Paris, and I was in Belgrade for a while. To me now they are just airports.
My purpose is to make a movie to make you warm.
To give you some heat. Now, this rational world has become a place where only what is cool is good. Do you cut the movie on the basis of the beat of modernity or the basis of the beat of your own heart?
Every time I'm shooting a movie I want to kill myself.
Because I don't see the light in the end of the tunnel.
Just because I believe in the identity and integrity of my country doesn't make a xenophobe or a nationalist.
I've been around some very famous people, but no one has the effect Maradona has; people tremble in his presence.
I put my ideas into practice. That may be the reason people hate me.
Yugoslavia was a kind of superpower. Great movies. Beautiful novels. Great rock-and-roll. We became a superpower in basketball. The problem is that people needed to identify more strongly with it after Tito and his awful, tricky way of leading the country.
The most difficult part of making movies is to keep making them.
Maybe, you could make the biggest hit in the world, but then the big problem is what to do next and how to maintain devoted to a certain instinct that I have about films.
What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison.
Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world.
I will always fight for peace. But, unfortunately, it is war that drives us forward. It is war that makes the major turns. It makes Wall Street function; it makes all the bastards in the Balkans function.