I have believed in myself: Djokovic on breaking Federer, Nadal's dominance



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I have believed in myself: Djokovic on breaking Federer, Nadal's dominance

Novak Djokovic commented on how he managed to break Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's dominance on the ATP Tour. The Belgrade native said: "There were times where it was really difficult when I was losing most of those important matches at the later stages of the majors against those two guys.

But, look, I've always believed in myself. I have to say there were times when I questioned myself, but I have always overcome it because the belief was so strong. I knew that if I work hard if I work on my game to try to improve it, get it to the stage where I feel comfortable to beat those guys.

Obviously it's a process of self-belief and working on yourself and your game to getting on that level that enables you to challenge the best players in the world. The dominance of Nadal and Federer was tremendous, especially in this period when I was breaking through and trying to, you know, challenge them for major titles.

Of course it does play with your mind. Of course, when you see somebody so dominant and so successful, you know, you wonder whether or not you have the chance." Federer's fitness trainer Pierre Paganini commented on Roger seeming to take less effort than other players on court: "You can see the strength of Roger's body less on the court but it does not mean that he works lees at the gym.

Roger has a very varied game, it means he needs to have a quicker footwork than normal. Everyone trains depending on your characters. You cannot use the same method for everyone. Federer is a different player than Rafael or Novak, but all of three are great champions. I have basically been following him forever and every day I am surprised by his happiness when he trains."