Novak Djokovic has won the 89th trophy of his extraordinary career. The Serbian champion, in an interview with the Telegraf, analyzed his victory at the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv, and even imagined what his withdrawal might be like in a few years.
"I've played a lot of tennis this week" -debates the 21-time slam winner- "I needed to get into the rhythm of the competition and play as many matches as possible. I also wanted to play doubles, but it wasn't possible.
My head was always focused on tennis. I didn't have time to visit the city, but I still enjoyed some time on the beach, cycling or swimming a bit. I also spent some time walking around the old town. It is an extraordinary country, Israel."
The dream is to return to this country again. "I was in Jerusalem a long time ago. I know the country very well. It is clear that I will return here in the not too distant future. I don't know if it will be to play a tournament, but as a tourist I will surely come here.
I want to thank all the people who have come to my matches to cheer me on. These days have treated me wonderfully and I definitely have a strong connection with the people of this country." Djokovic was asked who will cry on the day of his retirement from tennis: "I'm sure my mother will cry a lot.
There is still a long time before that happens. I'm not close to retirement and I don't think too much about it. Roger had a beautiful send off at the Laver Cup a week ago in London. We were all there, with his family, to say goodbye to a person who has given so much to this sport."
Nole Djokovic is a true champion
American ace John Isner finds Novak Djokovic the toughest to face among the Big 3. "It's probably Novak. Even though I played Rafa on clay off the top of my head, I played him on clay like four times.
I think, once at the French Open, you know, that's one of the toughest tasks in our sport, in sports period. It's beating that guy on clay and but even more so than that beating him at as we know Roland Garros," he said.
The former World No. 8 also spoke about feeling helpless while facing the Serbian. "I've felt helpless on the court, probably on one hand where I knew I had no shot and I wasn't even, I was having huge trouble holding serve and three of those times have been against Novak.