Novak Djokovic: This season has been unlike any other I have had

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic acknowledged that this year has been “unlike any other” but still he is feeling fresh ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals. 

This year, Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors, became a record Masters champion, made it past Federer for most weeks spent as No. 2 and clinched a record seventh year-end No. 1 finish. 

“I do feel fresher, because I haven’t played as much as in previous years, in terms of tournaments,” Djokovic said, per the ATP Finals website. “I did have a lot of exhausting events, particularly in the Grand Slams, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

“[This year has been] unlike any other than I have had so far, because of the pressure of the achievement and the historical achievement. It did take a lot out of me. I felt like I needed a break in order to rejuvenate and get ready for the end of the season.

“I started well with the Paris win and I hope to do well in Turin… You have to play at a high intensity and play at your best. Sometimes you don’t have a lot of fuel in the tank, but you have to play five top matches to win this title [and] it requires a lot of energy.”

Djokovic hopes to have success in Turin 

Djokovic captured five ATP Finals titles while the event was staged in London..

“London was very successful for the Nitto ATP Finals,” said Djokovic. “It is one of the most spectacular arenas in the world [and] it couldn’t be a better setting really in front of a packed house each afternoon or evening. It was fitting for the most important event that the ATP owns. But I have always been a proponent of moving this tournament regularly, maybe every three or four years.

“Tennis has been booming on the men’s side in Italy, with Matteo, [Fabio] Fognini and [Jannik] Sinner in the past couple of years. There is a good vibe in the city and everyone looks forward to supporting the tournament, and Matteo in particular. Everyone here wants to finish off the year in the best possible way.”

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