Novak Djokovic: ‘Do you wanna travel with me as…’

Novak Djokovic defeated Marton Fucsovics in three sets and for the tenth time in his career won the semifinals at Wimbledon. The Serbian champion did not play one of the best games of him, but he nevertheless found a way not to lose even a partial and to get closer to his real goal: that of catching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slams. “Little control over the ball? I have no problem, physically I’m fine. There was a lot of wind, I think it was one of the windiest days I’ve ever experienced at Wimbledon. However, it is necessary to adapt to all conditions. The wind affects the rhythm, the sensations you get from your shots, the throwing of the ball into the serve… everything seems different. It’s a mental challenge, because you don’t feel comfortable. I am happy with the way I am hitting the ball and I feel confident. I don’t think I need a lot of time to play well on grass. I have already played a lot in the last few months, but the less you play and the more energy you save for the big games”. Djokovic will face one of the best versions of Denis Shapovalov in the semifinal. “His growth is constant. He went from the top 20 to the top 15; even if someone expected to see him already in the top 10.”

Djokovic booked his place in the Wimbledon semifinals

During his on-court interview, when probed about his march towards history, Novak Djokovic first joked about how reaffirming the statistics sounded. The Serb then expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to play and succeed in the field he loves the most. “Do you wanna travel with me as the statistic man? Or maybe psychologist, because you’re complimenting my career now,” Djokovic said. “It’s a great influence on my confidence, thank you for that. I’m aware of certain stats and I love the sport with all my heart, and body and soul,” he added. “I’ve been devoted since I was four. Sometimes things do look surreal for me but I try to live in the moment, don’t take anything for granted, enjoy every opportunity I have on the court. And obviously, going for history is a huge inspiration for me. And, you know, let’s keep it going.” Novak Djokovic also revealed how happy he was to play in front of a 100% capacity crowd at SW19. “Yeah, I think the first time we had a full stadium since the season restarted, obviously,” Djokovic said. “I’m grateful to see you guys, thank you for coming out today. Thank you so much.”

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