Novak Djokovic identifies real reason behind his thriller loss to Jannik Sinner

Djokovic lost a three-set thriller to Sinner in Turin.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Novak Djokovic identifies real reason behind his thriller loss to Jannik Sinner
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Novak Djokovic regrets "not being more aggressive and courageous" in the most important moments against Jannik Sinner. On Tuesday, home favorite Sinner edged out world No 1 Djokovic 7-5 6-7 (5) 7-6 (2) at the ATP Finals in Turin.

"The main difference is that in the important points, he was going for it, he was more courageous. He just played a fantastic match. That's what I told him at the net," Djokovic said, via Sasa Ozmo.

In the third set, the two players were tied to five games apiece and Djokovic had 15-30 on Sinner's serve.

Sinner didn't get the first serve in the next point but Djokovic still lost that point and the next two points as the Italian avoided getting broken. Then in the third-set tie-break, Sinner made a commanding start as he took a 5-0 lead before converting his second match point.

"In the important moments I wasn't aggressive enough, I wasn't decisive enough. I gave him opportunity to take the control over the points. Yeah, 5-All third set, 15-30, second serve, I was in the rally and should have stepped in and didn't, and he did," Djokovic said.

Djokovic on Sinner, young guys being very motivated to beat him

Prior to losing to Sinner, Djokovic overcame a very inspired Holger Rune in three sets in his ATP Finals opener.

Djokovic, a record 24-time Grand Slam champion, understands why he is the target and acknowledged there is nothing wrong there. “I don’t think there is anything strange about that. It’s normal they want to beat me.

I was experiencing for already these kind of feelings that every single player is motivated even more to beat me anywhere I play in the world. That’s okay. It’s absolutely normal. They want to take the scalp. Jannik did that tonight," Djokovic said. Djokovic plays Hubert Hurkacz in his final group stage match.

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