Novak Djokovic has once again managed to go beyond pain and physical problems. The Serbian champion, in the match against Alexander Zverev, lost the first set at the tie-break and then dominated the second set. The last two sets were much more close-knit: in fact, in both partials, Djokovic had to recover the break from behind and play the important points with his usual concentration.
The Belgrade tried to shorten the exchanges especially in the opening bars of the match and explained that he needed a few minutes to warm up and feel physically ready. Djokovic: "It was a real battle. Priority? The recovery.
I need time to warm up well. Even though I dribbled almost an hour before the game, I feel I need time to be able to turn right to the forehand and hit, ”said Djokovic at a press conference. “There have been several key moments today, and it's hard to pick one.
Sascha really could have won the game. I didn't have a good start; only towards the end of the first set did I start to feel better on the pitch. It was a very hard game, a great battle, and I feel exhausted. We both pushed ourselves physically to the limit, but I knew this was going to be the most complicated game we have played so far.
Anyone could have won, right up to the last serve. Broken racket? It was a relief for me. Obviously this is something that I do not recommend to any child (laughs). Breaking a racket is something I'm not proud of. In a match you feel a lot of emotions, you experience an internal battle and each player reacts differently.
I also have my internal demons that I have to fight against; I'm sure they all have them, but every person finds a way to live with them." In his recent article, Sam Groth compared Novak Djokovic’s popularity with that of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Groth on the Big 3's era
"Novak Djokovic’s playing alongside two of the most popular and phenomenal tennis talents the sport has ever known," Sam Groth wrote. "And while he is more than likely going to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most Grand Slam titles ever won, he will never attract the universal support they do.
I feel for him in that respect. Every great era needs a villain. And he’s become just that." The Australian also believes that Novak Djokovic wouldn’t have faced such a hard time if he hadn't been playing at the same time as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
"In any other era, I don’t think it would be this way," Groth continued. "But Federer and Nadal needed a bad guy, and they got Djokovic."