Novak Djokovic: ‘This means the world to me’

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic expects an extremely difficult job when he faces third-placed Alexander Zverev in the ATP Finals. Djokovic, who is seeking his sixth ATP Finals crown, will face Zverev in the semi-final of the tournament. Zverev is having a great season, having captured two Masters titles and an Olympic gold at the Tokyo Olympics. On his way to winning the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev surprised Djokovic. “It’s going to be a great challenge, he’s one of the best servers in the game, he probably had the best season of his career. On the indoor court, definitely Top 3, he moves well, he can attack and defend. It’s going to be a battle.” Djokovic said of the Zverev confrontation, according to Sasa Ozmo. Zverev has great serve and conditions in the ATP Finals are extremely fast. “Sascha is playing well. He’s obviously one of the best players in the world, possibly the best serve, he’s definitely up there. It’s going to be tough. Conditions are fast so that will be one of the keys, how well I will serve and come back,” added Djokovic. On Friday, Djokovic knocked out Cameron Norrie 6-2 and 6-1 to end the group with a perfect record of 3 -0. “I tried not to think about tomorrow’s semi-final,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “It is not easy to walk the court knowing that you are already qualified and you know your opponent. I tried to be professional and I tried to do my best and I played very well. It was the first time we faced each other. I took Cameron’s time. I analyzed his game and I knew the game plan and I executed it very well.”

Djokovic on Sampras’ comments

Novak Djokovic has described hearing his idol Pete Sampras label him as the greatest player of all time as “extremely satisfying.” The World No. 1 also reiterated he is always motivated to make history as he chases a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title at the 2021 event in Turin. “(On hearing Sampras’ comments) This means the world to me, especially as it is coming from someone who is a role model,” Djokovic said. “He was the one when he played his first Wimbledon final, it was my first image of tennis. He made me dream to become a champion like him and hold the Wimbledon trophy and become World No. 1,” Djokovic continued. “He is one of the best players of all time in our sport and for something like that to come out of his mouth is extremely satisfying for me to hear.”

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