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“I felt comfortable in my game”

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 10, 2020

Forced to play five sets to overcome Stefanos Tsitsipas, Novak Djokovic was nevertheless satisfied when he returned to his performance in front of the press. The Serbian praised his opponent’s tenacity: “I had the feeling, even though I lost the third and fourth set, that I played better, that I was more in control. I felt comfortable in my game. You have to give it some credit, especially in the fourth set. I had plenty of opportunities to break his serve in the fourth and finish the game earlier, but he’s a combative player. He’s one of the best on the tour right now. He was fighting to validate his ticket for his first Grand Slam final. He wanted to win the match. He did it with a lot of brio. He was running out of fuel at the end. In the fifth set, I was able to conclude once and for all. “

“Conditions can give me a chance”

Now it’s time for Rafael Nadal with whom he has an appointment this Sunday in the final. The Serbian believes that the special conditions this year may give him an extra chance to win an 18th Grand Slam title: “The conditions are different from what we are used to when we have the tournament in May or June. I think that can give me a chance to win, because the rebound won’t go over the shoulder like it usually does. It will be interesting to see how his game and my game compete on Sunday. Depending on the temperature, it affects the court a lot, the rebound, seeing if it’s going to be windy, if it’s going to be slippery. Mentally and physically, our game will be affected. “

“I am not physically exhausted”

As for the question of whether Djokovic will be more affected than Nadal on the physical level after spending almost four hours on the court this Friday against Tsitsipas, the world No. 1 is confident in his ability to recover quickly: “I am not not physically exhausted after this match. It was an uphill battle, but I feel good. After a day and a half, I will have enough time to recover properly. I look forward to this showdown. “