Novak Djokovic opened up about the reason for his slow start against Roger Federer in the opening set of their semi-final on Thursday. According to Djokovic, he paid more attention to Federer's physical condition than towards his game, leading to him going down an early break in the set.
"..It was probably not exactly the right mindset from my side I was looking at how he was moving and it results in me 1-4 down. I managed to dig my way back in the first set and it was very important.
Mentally I relaxed a bit after that and could have swung through the ball a bit more." Djokovic recovered the break when Federer was serving for it at 5-3 and never looked back. He dropped only one point in the opening set tie-break to win the set 7-6.
The defending champion won the match in straight sets 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-3. At the end of the match, in his on-court interview, he said he respected Federer for coming out to play despite carrying an injury. Djokovic will play Dominic Thiem in the final on Sunday.
Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev in the semi-final. If Thiem wins, he will overtake Federer as the world no. 3. If Djokovic defends his title, he will regain his no. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal, who lost to Thiem in the quarter-final.