'Novak Djokovic’s always looking for the edge', says former WTA star
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 6058
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic met in the 2009 Miami semi-final, and the Serbian scored a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win for his seventh Masters 1000 final. They met for the first time since the US Open of the year. last, and we remember it for the Swiss, who broke his racket, received a code violation and skipped the handshake with the chair umpire, Fergus Murphy.
Novak broke Roger six times out of ten opportunities, raising his level after the first set and finding a way to impose his punches and take his opponent off pace. Federer got off to a good start and broke four times, though it wasn't enough for a positive result after adding 40 unforced errors, many of them at crucial moments.
Additionally, Djokovic dominates Federer in the longest exchanges to secure victory and set up the final clash against Andy Murray. Roger produced two good service turns early in the match, broke in Game 4 to open a 3-1 lead and held on to two winners after two in Game 5 to cement the lead.
Novak missed a backhand in the sixth game to experience another break and go down 5-1 before regaining a break to get some momentum. Federer secured the first set with his serve in game nine, looking good so far but losing ground since set number two.
Novak broke in the second game and saved a break point in the next to open up a 3-0 lead and establish a good rhythm. Roger regained the break after Novak's double fault in the fifth game and blew a game point in the next before the Serb seized the fifth break opportunity after an opponent's loose forehand to regain the lead.
King opens up on Novak Djokovic
Billie Jean King recently took part in a Q&A session with members of the junior Billie Jean King Cup, where she advised youngsters to follow in the footsteps of Novak Djokovic to achieve success.
“If you listen to Novak Djokovic this year in his interviews, then you know why he’s No. 1 in the world—because he pays the price," King said. The American highlighted how Djokovic ensures he has the edge over his rivals by treating his body like a temple.
As such, King asserted that as a 16-year-old, one must look to emulate the Serb and put in the hard yards. "He’s the most fit, he’s always looking for the edge, he trains right, he stretches all the time," she added. "So at 16 just believe in yourself, but pay the price”.