Nole had a perfect opportunity to avenge his loss to Sinner in group stage and he didn’t disappoint. The Serbian had simply elevated his game in the ATP Finals.
During their match in the Round-Robin stage of the tournament, Sinner had enjoyed a lot of success by locking Djokovic in the “backhand cage” and making him repeatedly hit backhand cross-court. Djokovic ensured the final would be different by hitting more run-around forehands in the ad court and trading more shots through the deuce court.
The Serbian has lauded both the youngsters in Alcaraz and Sinner. Nole feels that both of them are very talented and promising young players. However, the exhibition of “play to win” mentality shown by the Serb was no match for either of the two.
Asked about this the 24-time Grand Slam winner said:
I want them to feel that kind of pressure. When they play me, I want them to feel that it's going to require the best tennis from them in order to win against me. That's what I want my opponents to feel, no doubt, because that helps mentally coming into match.
Djokovic flaunts his winning mentality after winning his Seventh ATP Finals and setting the records to tumble
This year has been one of the finest in the career of the Serbian. He has won four of the five major tournaments this season besides reaching the finals of the Wimbledon. Nole has become the first man to win every Grand Slam three times in his career.
Well, you can win four Slams and Olympic gold. I have always the highest ambitions and goals.
Moreover, he will return to being World No.1 for the record-breaking 400th week in ATP rankings. This winning track record combined with the winning mentality of the Serb gives him a psychological advantage over his opponents. The Serb said in the post-match interview:
I think the more I win on the biggest stage, the more this kind of aura grows, and I'm glad for it, no doubt.
The Serbian will next be seen in the Davis Cup where he will be leading his nation which is already in the quarterfinals of the tournament. He has reportedly reached Malaga where the remaining matches of the tournament will be played.
Though the Serb usually takes a break after any major tournament, he is not in the mental space to take breaks. With such momentum going on it will not be wrong to say that Nole is eying gold in the upcoming Paris Olympics which is the only thing missing from his illustrated trophy cabinet.
Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz having curated more than 3000 articles over the two and a half years he has been here. Having started as an intern, he is currently the content manager for tennis. He has been following the sport for more than a decade and over the years, has developed a neutral perspective on the sport while having an unbiased liking to a lot of players for their playing style. His interest extends to other games as well with a fascination to know about the sports' history and statistics as well.
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