Novak Djokovic: ‘That was unexpected’

Novak Djokovic makes no mistake and after two games at the Nitto Atp Finals he took the pass for the semifinals. So far a clear path for the Serbian tennis player, who left no chance to counter his successes to opponents Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev. The world number one demonstrated once again the great continuity in the results and the few difficulties encountered in the competition reserved for the best eight of the ‘Race’ classification. The two races were almost a photocopy: he started always contracted and suffered a break, he reacted like a great champion and soon took absolute control of the matches. The Russian, last to challenge him, tried in every possible way to resist the domination of the Belgrade native, but there was really nothing to be done. At the end of the confrontation, Nole talked about himself in an interview on the pitch, underlining the excellent performance: “I played very well, particularly in the service sessions. The excellent performance and the 12 aces helped me a lot, considering the conditions we have here (faster than in other tournaments)”. Then he continued: “In the first set I found good answers and I put Rublev in difficulty, who didn’t play the best tennis of him and made so many mistakes. When you serve well, you obviously have fewer problems and more confidence, especially when you are 34 (jokes). I feel young, because everyone in this tournament has a very low average age and I feel like them. ” The Serbian analyzed an interesting aspect: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to play at this level, against top level players. It is not easy to play a match with these players who are tall and have a lot of strength, like Medvedev, Zverev, Berrettini, who serve at 200-220km/h.”

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Novak Djokovic admitted he was surprised to receive Nick Kyrgios’s backing over his stance that COVID-19 vaccination should not be mandatory. The Serb also reinforced his position on the importance of freedom of choice regarding vaccination, or “anything else in life”. Speaking at a press conference at the 2021 ATP Finals, Djokovic revealed his surprise at hearing Kyrgios’ comments and suggested this is a rare matter on which the pair see eye to eye. The World No. 1 also elaborated on why he feels freedom of choice is so vital in life. “That was unexpected, knowing what was coming from him towards me in the last couple of years (laughs),” Djokovic said. “But this time, I must agree with him that the freedom of choice is essential for everyone, whether it’s me or somebody else.”

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