Novak Djokovic: 'I wasn't in the same league as Roger Federer'



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Novak Djokovic: 'I wasn't in the same league as Roger Federer'

From day to night, Novak Djokovic's leads melted in just twenty-four hours. If the day before he had signed a brilliant start against the effervescent Jannik Sinner, this Thursday he hit a blow in the second round of Monte Carlo against the British Daniel Evans, who until the cross with Nole had only won four matches on clay in his entire career and defeated against all odds the number one 6-4 and 7-5, in 2 h, 06m.

Thus, he cut the Serbian's victorious sequence from the start of the season. After chaining ten consecutive wins since the opening of the course, Djokovic already knows what it is to lose in 2021. It was a long, long time since the Belgrade man had left such a blurred track.

Not only because of the stumble, but because of the surprising string of errors that he left against the British. Nothing more and nothing less than 45, in a two-set duel. Hard to believe. That is to say, practically half of the points that Evans (30 years old, 33rd in the ATP) obtained came from the failures of his rival, blinded and erratic from the beginning of the game; unable, moreover, to take advantage of at least the occasions in which his adversary opened the door for him to reengage in the head office of the Principality.

Novak Djokovic has often spoken about how meditation and visualization have played an integral role in his success. Now, one of the techniques Djokovic uses to prepare himself for a match has been captured on video, thanks to Eurosport journalist Benoit Maylin.

He also talked about Roger Federer.

Novak Djokovic on the importance of meditation

"I've done so much mindful meditation that now my brain functions better automatically, even when I'm not meditating," Novak Djokovic wrote.

"I used to freeze up whenever I made a mistake; I was sure that I wasn't in the same league as Roger Federer... Now, when I blow a serve or shank a backhand, I still get those flashes of self-doubt, but I know how to handle them: I acknowledge the negative thoughts and let them slide by, focusing on the moment," he added.

"That mindfulness helps me process pain and emotions. It lets me focus on what's really important." The World No.1 was not having the best day with returns and coupled with Evans’ in-form forehand, the second set was evenly poised at 4-4.

Evans found himself in pole position for the victory as Djokovic struggled with his serve. After a tough hold to lead 5-4, Djokovic had a set point saved by Evans. But Djokovic was broken courtesy of a double fault, and Evans served for the match. Later, Evans completed the stunning match to oust Djokovic out of Monte Carlo Masters 2021, 6-4, 7-5.