To prevail against talented and experienced opponents, Novak Djokovic had to rely on his inner strength and confidence.
In his career up to this point, Novak Djokovic has played in some of the most dramatic matches of the open era. Among them, the final match of the Australian Open 2012 with Rafael Nadal, the game still holds the longest record in Grand Slam history with 5 hours 53 minutes of competition.
But perhaps there is no match to challenge Djokovic more spiritually than the encounter to Federer in the All England Club. Being led by Federer 8-7 in the fifth set of matches decided but Djokovic saved 2 match-points to win 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), through which the 5th time crowned at Wimbledon. To prevail against talented and experienced opponents, Djokovic had to rely on his inner strength and confidence.
“This is probably the most demanding game of the spirit I have ever participated in,” Djokovic said after the match. I played a game that was physically demanding at the Australian Open but mentally it was a different level. The only difference that allows me to return to the game and win is the mental stability in the crucial moments. You have to keep it for 5 hours if you want to win a match like this. I always remind myself that I have a reason to be in this match and I will play better than the opponent. The more difficult, the more I reminded myself. I try not to lose my temper, believe in myself and focus. It’s great to have all the important moments, 3 series of tie-break, I play with the highest level ”.
Winning at Wimbledon 2019 is the 16th Grand Slam victore in the career of Djokovic. The Serbian player admits Federer and Nadal are the inspiration for him to go further in the future.
“We are helping each other grow. Federer and Nadal are probably one of the biggest reasons I still play at this level. Their accomplishments motivated me, inspired me, to try to achieve what they have done and even more. ”
Glad to his old student’s victory, legend Boris Becker thinks it’s time for tennis fans to give Djokovic respect.