Novak Djokovic, looking for a 6th title at the ATP Finals, started in Turin with a duel against Stefanos Tsitsipas. This match is becoming a habit in recent weeks. With their final in Astana in October and their semi-final in Bercy, this is the fourth time they met in 2022… for a fourth victory of the Serb. Particularly solid, Nole won 6-4, 7-6(4) to take the lead in this group. A success as a boss to start this Masters, with the goal of equaling Roger Federer and his 6 titles.
In a press conference, Djokovic commented on his year and his rise to power after Wimbledon. “I can say that this year has been different from any other year I’ve had on the tour. Very unusual because of the circumstances that obviously happened, especially in the first two months of the year. It was hard for me to find the balance I needed to play the best tennis with everything that was going on off the court, you know, after Australia. But I think towards the end of the clay court season, I really started to play the way I wanted to play, the level I wanted to play. Wimbledon was a very important tournament for me, and it always came, throughout my career, exactly when I needed it. It was a great relief, but at the same time it was also a great confidence boost,” he explained.
Without a doubt, Novak has the possibility of equaling Roger Federer in his mind. The Serb is chasing records and this one is clearly on target. “Of course, I know that. Making history in this sport is always a big motivating factor for me. I mean, maybe it doesn’t necessarily affect the overall approach to the specific match because I have enough experience and I know myself well and I know what I need to do to prepare for my next challenge and my next opponent, but of course I’m aware of the possibility to make history again. It is a great pleasure and honor to be in this position. So it motivates me and inspires me to play even better tennis.”
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