Novak Djokovic faced Jannik Sinner in his thirteenth Wimbledon quarterfinal while Sinner played his first at Wimbledon 2022. It was expected to be smooth sailing for Djokovic even though Sinner beat Carlos Alcaraz very convincingly to reach the quarterfinal at SW19. Djokovic came all guns blazing to take a 4-1 lead in the first set, but Sinner was in for a fight as he broke back and took the first set 7-5. The second set was even worse for Djovokic as he went down two break points and lost 2-6 to give Sinner a two-set lead.
Djokovic had won his last 25 matches at Wimbledon and Sinner who had not won a match on grass came blazing into the quarterfinal of Wimbledon 2022 and took two sets from six-time Wimbledon champion. But Djokovic started the fight back in the third set and took it 6-3. Sinner also started to stagger as Djokovic mounted a fierce comeback to win the last two sets 6-2. It was the twenty sixth consecutive match win at Wimbledon for Djokovic and he is still on track to defend his title for the third-consecutive time at SW19.
Novak Djokovic thinks that he still has doubt sometimes, but does well to get himself in the zone.
In the post-match interview Djokovic talked about the emotions he went through in the match. He congratulated his young opponent for a brilliant performance. Djokovic said:“First of all huge congratulations to Jannik. I’m sure there is going to be lot of opportunities for him on the big stage. It was unfortunate for him today but I wish him best of luck for the rest of the year.”
About the match he said: “As for the first two sets, we had two different matches compared to the last three. He was the better player for the first two sets. I went out and had a refresh, had a toilet break, I had a little pep talk to myself in the mirror, it’s the truth.” “Sometimes in these circumstances when not much is happening positively for you, sometimes these things are necessary. A little break to try and regather the thoughts and reassemble. I was fortunate to start the third set very well.”
“Even though I have played tennis on the big stage I still go through the same doubtful moments. The inner fight is always the biggest. Trying to win the internal fight is a big challenge. Once you do that, things go in your favour. I always believe I can turn the big matches around,” he added.
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