Novak Djokovic put together his dream player after reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The Belgrade player beat Jannik Sinner in that instance in five sets of a great match that allowed him to reach the semifinals. Before taking the court against the Dutch Tim van Rijthoven in the round of 16, Djokovic had the opportunity to attend the ceremony organized to celebrate the centenary of the Center Court and, at the press conference, he was asked to build his perfect player choosing between tennis players of the past.
"It was a special day. Being part of the ceremony is an honour, you have to celebrate these important anniversaries. The perfect player? Let's start with the serve. It's normal for players over two meters tall to have an advantage.
He chose Reilly Opelka, John Isner and Ivo Karlovic. They serve from the fifth floor and it's really difficult to serve against them", explained Djokovic. "Even Nick Kyrgios, despite not being as tall as Isner or Opelka, has an incredible serve.
Pete Sampras for his formidable second serve. These players, in modern tennis, can exert a lot of pressure. As for the right, I have to choose Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They have a different forehand, but this shot is an important weapon for them.
I choose the reverse of Andy Murray and Jannik Sinner. I always take Murray as a return and of course Andre Agassi. Sinner also returns very well. Bjorn Borg for movement. I've never had the luck to play against him, but I've seen a lot of his videos and I've talked to some players in the past about him."
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Novak Djokovic returned from the brink on Tuesday in his quarterfinal win against Jannik Sinner at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.
“As for the first two sets, I think in comparison to the last three we had probably two different matches. He was the better player for two sets,” Novak Djokovic confessed, adding, “I went out, had a little bit of refreshment, toilet break and a little pep talk in the mirror.
The toilet break was the turning point”. The Serbian stated that when the chips are down, it is necessary to take a small break to reassess the situation and gather one’s thoughts. “Sometimes, you know, in this kind of circumstances where not much is happening positively for you on the court in terms of tennis and the other guy on the court is dominating the place, sometimes these things are necessary.
A little break and a little pep talk, and try to recuperate and I guess regather the thoughts and reassemble everything that you have and come at your opponent with the best possible game,” Djokovic said.