Before the suspension of the ATP circuit due to Coronavirus, Novak Djokovic extended his unbeaten run in 2020 to 18 consecutive wins (21 if you also count the Davis Cup Finals). During a recent interview, Tennis Channel Analyst and former coach Paul Annacone believed that the way Djokovic deals with his emotions sets him apart.
"Some players have emotions and they let those emotions overwhelm them and it becomes a detriment," he said. "But Novak is one of the masters of using the emotion to drive him. He had a struggle in the fall when they were unable to win the Davis Cup, he comes back and wins the ATP Cup and I wondered what would happen at the Australian Open.
Would he have let down after the ATP Cup because of such a high emotion? He had a little bit of a hiccup in the middle of the [Australian Open] final but what do great players do? They find a way to settle in, get back and do what they do best.
Not only does he win that title, he takes the positive emotions, goes to Dubai, saves three match points in the semi-finals against Monfils who had been playing some spectacular tennis and in the final he was unbelievable.
He's ridden the emotional rollercoaster so well and been able to manage the pros and cons of those emotions which has allowed his talents to flourish. I think the great players win when they play average. They don't win when they play average and get overwhelmed by their emotions.
And he is managing all the ingredients incredibly well" - Annacone added. The World number 1 has won every singles match he's played at the Davis Cup, ATP Cup, Australian Open and the Dubai Championship.