In press conference at the ATP Finals after his loss to Alexander Zverev Novak Djokovic admitted he was not at his best in the final match and overall the tournament. The Serb had already dealt with some illness at the Paris Masters where he lost to Karen Khachanov in the final. 'Health-wise I haven't been really perfect in the last three, four weeks', Djokovic admitted.
'That took a lot out of me. But at the same time I played finals of Bercy and here. I mean, I have to be happy with that result. Of course, finishing the year as No. 1, that was the goal coming into the indoor season. I managed to achieve that.
Overall it was a phenomenal season that I have to be definitely very proud of.' Djokovic also spoke about his comeback at the highest level: 'I always believe in myself. Really, as I said before many times, I kind of also expect myself to do very well.
But at the same time I would sign it right away if someone told me because at that time it was also looking quite improbable that that's going to happen considering where I was ranking-wise and also game-wise. I wasn't playing even close to where I wanted to be at in terms of level of tennis.
I just came off the court. Obviously no one likes to lose a tennis match. You try your best. But at the same time, as I said on the court, you put things in a larger perspective, see things a bit differently. When you get out of this feeling of a little bit disappointment that you lost, I mean, all the positive things that I have to reflect on and also take from this season, especially last six months.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title