World number one Novak Djokovic's run to the quarterfinals comes to a halt. The Serbian champion probably suffers from the few challenges he has played in this 2022, he starts badly, tries to react and offers a performance of great intensity and sacrifice, but in the end he has to give up in the umpteenth confrontation with his usual rival, the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal.
A wasted opportunity for Novak, who has to postpone the possibility of reaching the 21st title of his career. In his press conference, the tennis player was very analytical and began by congratulating his rival. These are his words: "I give my most sincere congratulations to Rafa.
He played better than me in the important moments, he started strong from the beginning and took a 6-2, 3-0 lead. I reacted and managed to win the second set, but then Nadal took his tennis to a higher level, I had my chances but I didn't take them.
The match could have gone either way, but he showed why he is a great champion and finished the match great. Congratulations to him and his team. The game time? This is the world we live in, TV and money decide, we are all aware of that."
Djokovic lived through a very difficult 2022 and the Serb also spoke about his emotions about this challenge: "Better not reveal what was going through my head, I had several ups and downs."
Djokovic will be the favorite in London
Goran Ivanisevic recently shared his thoughts on Novak Djokovic's prospects at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.
"He is the absolute favourite at Wimbledon, as is Rafa here," Ivanisevic said. "Novak now needs to rest well and prepare physically and mentally for Wimbledon - I'm sure he can do it and I think he will win it, I have a good feeling.
We need to focus on that now." The former Wimbledon champion pointed out that although Djokovic is a "genius," he still needs time to recover and "figure some things out." "The key thing for him is to recover mentally.
As I have said in the past, Novak is a genius with a different mindset than most of us. Even though he needs less time than most to come back and to figure some things out, he still needs to do it. He has overcome tough losses in the past, and I am completely certain that he will be ready for Wimbledon," he said.