Novak Djokovic has decided not to hold his scheduled practice session on Wednesday following a late-night ATP Finals thriller against Jannik Sinner. In a match that finished past 12 am and lasted three hours and nine minutes, Djokovic suffered a tight loss as Italy's Sinner beat the Serb 7-5 6-7 (5) 7-6 (2).
After a long and exhausting battle with Sinner, Djokovic made an understandable decision on Wednesday afternoon. However, Serbian sports journalist Sasa Ozmo reports that Djokovic may still spend some time on the practice court today. "A revision to today's practice schedule.
Novak Djokovic is now no longer practicing today," the organizers said.
#Djokovic spent more than 6 hours on the court, so this is a sensible decision, although he may still end up hitting a few balls today (went to bed late last night).
Djokovic 'proud' of the fight he delivered during a three-hour thriller
After losing to 22-year-old Sinner, Djokovic admitted he wasn't surprised at all with Sinner's poise and determination to beat him.
But also, Djokovic was proud of his own effort despite the defeat. "They want to take the scalp. Jannik did that tonight. It's normal to lose some of the matches like this, but I have to be content with the fight, the fighting spirit.
I managed to make a comeback from a set down, a break down in the third set, playing in really challenging and difficult conditions on the court today. I'm proud of the fight that I put in. It just wasn't enough for the win," Djokovic said after the loss to Sinner.
Following the loss to Sinner, Djokovic stands at 1-1 in his group. Going forward, Djokovic thinks he will need to be more aggressive and decisive. "I think I learned that in some moments I have to be a bit more decisive. I wasn't today.
That's OK. Some you win, some you lose. Most of my career I was winning these kind of matches. Some I lost, like the one tonight," Djokovic said. On Thursday, Djokovic plays against Hubert Hurkacz.