Novak Djokovic: 'Visualization is part of my routine'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Visualization is part of my routine'

Novak Djokovic reflected on the concept of visualization. Following his win over Roberto Bautista Agut, the Serb said: "It is part of my pre-match routine. I also do it on the court. I think we all do it to some extent, whether it's conscious or unconscious.

I think it's normal that when you care about something, you want to prepare yourself the best possible. Especially on the changeovers, you visualize and imagine what the next point or next game will be like. It is a quite challenging battle within yourself.

I think at this stage we play in one of the most important stadiums and tournaments in the world, playing semifinals, finals, fighting for the trophy with one of the biggest rivals. I think the most important and probably the first win that you have to make is the one within yourself, then whatever happens externally is, I guess, a consequence or manifestation of that.

The visualization is part of the mental preparation. It's very, very important to me. I do it all the time. If I have a part that I do for myself regardless of the opponent because I want to rely on my strengths. I want them to be highlighted.

I want them to surface right away when I step on the court. Then, of course, there is a part which is related to the opponent, depending on what I want to do."