Novak Djokovic: ‘When something goes wrong, it’s difficult for him’

It has been two weeks since Shuai Peng’s complaint post was posted on Weibo. The Chinese player accused former Deputy Prime Minister and Communist Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli of violence and rape. Shuai spoke clearly of abuse and a forced relationship that would have forced her through dark and sad years. From the moment she decided to expose herself publicly, Peng has literally disappeared and no one has heard from her. Concern for the chinoa has also started to invade the world of the web, which has launched the hashtag #whereispengshuai. At the end of the match that beat Casper Ruud in the ATP Finals in Turin, Novak Djokovic also spoke about the Peng case. “I don’t have much information about it. I heard a lot about it last week. It is honestly shocking that she is gone,” said the Serb at a press conference.” She is a player that I have seen in various tournaments many times in the past. There is not much more to say about it. I hope they find her and that she is well. It is a terrible situation. I can only imagine how her family has felt since she disappeared.” Meanwhile, the WTA also took a position through the words of CEO Steve Simon.

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Novak Djokovic described his overall performance as “great” after cruising past Andrey Rublev in the 2021 ATP Finals on Wednesday. The World No. 1 said he wanted to force Rublev out of his comfort zone to combat the Russian’s power, while also highlighting his own strong-serving display as crucial. “Somehow I managed to find the right shots at the right time, I kind of made him play,” Djokovic continued. “The crucial point was the one [at] 4-3, break point – when I managed to put a good passing shot next to him and get on top of him, 5-3. Winning the first set, I put additional pressure on him. Started to maybe play even more consistent from back of the court. I served very well, that helped tremendously.” Djokovic also discussed the challenge of dealing with the pace of Rublev’s groundstrokes and explained how he attempted to disrupt the 24-year-old’s game. “You don’t enjoy it (Rublev’s pace), he takes away the time from you,” Djokovic added. “He stands very close to the line, you know. But he’s the kind of player that [when] something goes wrong, it’s difficult for him. You know, he makes a lot of unforced errors. I wanted to put him out of the comfort zone, take away the time also from him, mix up the pace. Just a great performance overall.”

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