Novak Djokovic: 'Maybe could have done better in some...'



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Novak Djokovic: 'Maybe could have done better in some...'

It will not be Novak Djokovic who will face Daniil Medvedev in the final at the ATP Finals in Turin. The Serbian lost for the second time this season, the fourth in his career, to Alexander Zverev and said goodbye to Turin a day early.

The German expressed an excellent level of play and in the first set was able to clear a set point from Djokovic before disputing a sumptuous tie-break. The 20-time Grand Slam champion found the strength to raise his head in the second set and at 4-4 he got the break that allowed him to return to the game for good.

In the final and decisive set, however, it was Zverev who took control of the exchanges and surprised his opponent in the fourth game. Djokovic threw a precious break point at 2-4, when Zverev hit a second not convincing and then closed the point anyway.

In the game that wrote the end of the match, however, the world number three did not tremble and deservedly got the victory. “I wasn't tired, I could have played a couple more hours, but when you take a break in the third set against one of the best hitters on the circuit, it's very hard to get out of trouble.

I had the chance to break it at 2-4, but I made a mistake again and sent a forehand," said the Belgrade at the press conference. "It was a really tough game, but I enjoyed it. I think it was a great battle, with top-notch tennis.

We pushed ourselves to the limit, as we always do when we face each other. Sascha will be a Grand Slam champion. It's not easy to be really close when you're rivals, but we talk a lot about life and other things."

Djokovic feels he has had a great season

Novak Djokovic didn't attribute his semifinal loss to fatigue. He reiterated that he played a bad game in the deciding set and committed a few errors in a row that cost him the match.

The world No. 1 said that mistakes such as those against a player like Zverev are difficult to recover from. "I did not feel tired at all. I could have gone for another few hours, no problem. It was just a bad game, 2-1 down in the third set, a very bad game, four unforced errors.

In the conditions like this where you have one of the biggest servers in the game, it's just difficult to come back from that. That's all it is." He felt he could've done better in other ATP events, but winning the Paris Masters and making it to the semifinals in Turin are a good end to the season.

"Well, it was a great season, no doubt. I mean, I did not play many tournaments, but still managed to end the year at No. 1 for the seventh time, broke records for the year-end No. 1, historic No. 1, won three out of four slams.

The year was phenomenal. Maybe could have done better in some other ATP events. But all in all really good ending of the season as well with a title in Paris and semifinals here."