Novak Djokovic overcame his first obstacle at the BNL Internationals of Italy with some difficulty, namely Taylor Fritz, which forced him to resort to a tiebreak in the second set. In a press conference after having removed the pass for the second round, the world number 1 recalled the famous crisis of him in 2016, which emerged a few weeks after winning Roland Garros for the first time. The Serbian phenomenon had to deal with an evident drop in motivation at that time in his career, so much so that he could no longer win a Major in the next two years. Nole’s situation a few seasons ago is not too dissimilar to what Dominic Thiem is experiencing now, who has not been able to express his best tennis since winning the US Open in 2020. The Austrian, who has become the first player born in the 90s to win a Grand Slam, he also took a break from tennis to recharge his batteries and find the right serenity again.
Novak Djokovic recalls his “crisis of motivation”
“I don’t know what exactly is the case of Dominic (Thiem), why he felt that way. But I can relate,” Novak Djokovic said. “These kinds of circumstances that we are living right now in the world are different from back five years when I was experiencing that period or maybe the crisis of motivation a bit.” The Serb went on to claim that he had to “sacrifice everything” to achieve what he has in the game. “For me it was a completely different situation in terms of achieving everything, but then realizing that all that I have achieved professionally doesn’t necessarily guarantee me to have the time that I want with the close ones, the time for myself for some other things that I would like to enjoy in life. I had to really sacrifice everything to get to that point, and I did,” the World No. 1 added. On Tuesday Djokovic looked back at his historic feat from five years ago, and claimed that it was “the pinnacle” of his career. “I held all four Slams, I had many finals in a row,” Novak Djokovic said. “I had definitely the best 15 months of my career. Those were the pinnacle moments in my career in terms of results, in how I felt on the court and how well I played. When I finally reached it, I felt a huge joy, content and relief, but at the same time also exhaustion,” Novak Djokovic said. “It took a lot out of me. I kind of for a year and a half had to recover in terms of emotions. I had an elbow issue and everything. I felt that I basically got back on track in 2018.”