Novak Djokovic: I don’t experience defeats only as disappointing emotion

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic insists he is always trying to make the most out of a defeat. 

Djokovic, 34, admits losing is painful but he doesn’t want to get get down on himself after losses. 

Djokovic has always been known as a player who quickly bounced back from disappointing losses. 

Djokovic failed to claim a record 21st Grand Slam and become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year but won the Paris Masters in his first tournament since the US Open final defeat. 

“I experience defeat not only as a disappointing emotion, but also as an opportunity for mental growth and strengthening of character, an opportunity to get out of a difficult situation as a person and become a better player than I was. It was certainly difficult for me. The mind plays an important role, just like the physical and technical aspects of the game. You have to be able to understand how to manage negative energy in the most productive way,” Djokovic told La Gazzetta della Sport.

Djokovic happy to be in Turin 

Djokovic has arrived to Turin for the Nitto ATP Finals. 

Djokovic is aiming to win his sixth Nitto ATP Finals title. 

“This is an opportunity to return to the city I was in only once, at the age of 15, when I played in the junior tournament. I will try to enjoy it as much as possible. I am happy that the ATP finals is played in Italy, where I always notice a great passion for tennis and I have a very special relationship with the fans. Of course, I could say that I have had great success in London in the last 11 years, but it is great for the promotion of our sport that the final can be played in another country that loves tennis,” Djokovic added.

Djokovic hasn’t won a Nitto ATP Finals title since 2015. 

Djokovic captured four consecutive Nitto ATP Finals titles between 2012 and 2015.

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