Former two-time French Open finalist Alex Corretja thinks losing the Paris Masters may not necessarily be a bad thing for the Serb. After returning from a forced break, Djokovic captured back-to-back titles at the Tel Aviv Open and Astana Open.
Then in Paris, Djokovic fell just short of winning his third title this indoor season as he ended runner-up to Holger Rune in the final. Now, Djokovic is bidding to cap off his season by winning the ATP Finals. “The fact that he lost the finals in Bercy might help him also to relieve a little bit the feeling that he cannot lose.
Now he knows that he can lose, and again trying to win another Masters, it's something that you have under your belt, 1st, 2nd," Corretja told Eurosport.
Corretja: Djokovic is a winner
This year has without any doubt been the most challenging of Djokovic's career.
After being deported from Australia and denied participation at the Australian Open, Djokovic also missed the US Open and four Masters tournaments. Even in a limited number of Grand Slam and Masters tournaments, Djokovic was able to win one Grand Slam and one Masters title.
After missing the entire North American hard court swing, Djokovic bounced back by reaching three consecutive finals. “So I think he's a winner and he's been showing that he's a winner and he likes to go there and try to show again that every time that he can play, he's better than the others.
And that's why I think for Novak it's such a relief to be able to play and he's happy because he's showing himself and the others that he's still there as one of the toughest guys," Corretja added. Djokovic, 35, knows extremely what it takes to win the ATP Finals, having won the tournament five times in the past.
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