Novak Djokovic saved three match points in the Dubai semifinal against Gael Monfils and reached yet another final in his career. For the Serbian it is the 17th consecutive victory in this magical 2020. At the 2020 Australian Open, he defeated long time rival Roger Federer in straight sets en route to the final where he defeated three-time grand slam runner-up Dominic Thiem in five sets.
This is Djokovic's 8th win at the Australian Open, making him the first Open Era male player to win Grand Slam titles in three different decades. For his 17th Grand Slam win he received 2.5 Million Euro as prize money. "I don’t want to make it sound like a drastic.
But on facing match points for an athlete, it’s like being on the edge of a cliff. You know there is no way back. So u have to jump over and try to find a way to survive I guess,” he said. “And pray for the best and believe that you can make it.
That there is something that is going to help you,” Novak reflected in his post-match presser. “That’s one of the things that I feel at the moment. Okay, one point away, one shot away. There is no going back.
This is it. I accept the situation and try to make the most out of it. I settled on the court, something concrete things that I do at the moment and try and stay in the present. And I do not allow my thoughts to go around too much. Focusing on breathing and just executing the next shot."
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