Novak Djokovic makes deeply honest admission about 2023 Wimbledon final loss

Djokovic was a man on a mission in post-Wimbledon tournaments.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic makes deeply honest admission about 2023 Wimbledon final loss
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Novak Djokovic admits he was so "pissed off" about the Wimbledon final loss to Carlos Alcaraz that it made him extremely determined to go perfect during the North American hard court swing and have an outstanding remainder of the season.

After winning the first two Grand Slams of the season, Djokovic was bidding to win his eighth Wimbledon title and prolong his winning streak at The Championships. Djokovic was doing great at The All England Club and he appeared to be cruising toward another title at The Championships but then Alcaraz beat the Serb 1-6 7-6 (6) 6-1 3-6 6-4.

For Djokovic, it was his first Wimbledon loss since 2017 and his 34-match winning streak at The Championships came to an end. In the remainder of the year, Djokovic won every singles tournament he participated in as the Serb made it all the way at the US Open, Cincinnati Masters, Paris Masters and the ATP Finals.

Djokovic on how the Wimbledon final loss to Alcaraz impacted him

"Yes, absolutely, it was. And you're right because that pissed me off so much that I needed to win everything on American soil, which I did. It's a great opportunity for me to reinvent myself and really push harder than I ever did," Djokovic said on CBS News' 60 Minutes.

Djokovic dominated post-Wimbledon tournaments but he did have one loss that left him heartbroken - he failed to win the Davis Cup title with Serbia. In Malaga, the Djokovic-led Serbia made the semifinal, in which they took on Italy.

Serbia had a 1-0 lead over Italy and Djokovic was playing against Jannik Sinner with a chance to seal Serbia's win. But Djokovic missed out on three consecutive match points in a three-set loss to Sinner and Italy ended up creating a comeback to send Serbia home.

Djokovic looked crushed after Serbia's Davis Cup exit but it was still an outstanding last part of the year for the Serb.

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