‘Novak Djokovic clearly felt mental fatigue’, says ATP ace

Novak Djokovic made his debut in the best way possible at the ATP Finals 2021. The world number 1, who hasn’t won the ‘Tournament of Masters’ since 2015, liquidated Casper Ruud in two sets on the second day of the Turin event. The Serbian champion conceded something in the first set, where the Norwegian was one break ahead, but slowly took over until he spread to the second half. The 34-year-old from Belgrade broke several records this year, including one for the most weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. Nole has hoisted himself to 20 Grand Slams, eliminating the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as well as having guaranteed the certainty of closing the season at number 1 for the seventh time ever. As if that weren’t enough, ‘Djoker’ posted his 37th Masters 1000 by winning the Paris-Bercy tournament just over a week ago. Interviewed by ‘ESPN Show’, Guido Pella honored Novak’s greatness.

Pella praises Novak Djokovic

“He (Novak Djokovic) is better than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal,” Pella said while speaking on ESPN Show. “Overall, he is better. I am a fan of Federer, but his tennis is more complete … and has a superior head.” The World No. 75 also highlighted how Djokovic never settles for anything but the best, and that he always delivers on his claims. “He (Novak Djokovic) is the only player, that I remember, or one of the few athletes, he says he wants the pressure, that he is the bank,” Pella said. “He tells himself that he is going to be number one, that he has to be number one, and he is not interested in anything else. He is for the records. Besides, it is not that he sells smoke: he says it and he does it.” Novak Djokovic entered this year’s US Open aiming to become the first man in over 50 years to win the Calendar Slam. He even fought his way to the finals, where he faced Daniil Medvedev. “In the final of the US Open he (Novak Djokovic) clearly felt mental fatigue on his part, in the semifinals he had to fight against Zverev in a terrible way, and he is obviously human,” Pella explained. “In addition to Medvedev being No. 2 in the world for quite some time and probably the worst player that could have touched him, Medvedev has a huge advantage,” Pella said. “He serves 220 all the serves and if you propose a long game, he is able to put 20 balls in a row without anything happening. And if he has to attack, he attacks.”


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