‘Novak Djokovic is the one who is winning…’, says top coach

With his Red Group progress already secured at the Nitto ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic could have taken it easy in the final zone match against Daniil Medvedev on Friday. But instead of looking to the semifinals, the Serbian showed his champion mentality to win a tough three-hour battle and extend his perfect record to 3-0 on the week with a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7 – 6(2) result. But will his exertion of his, which left him visibly shaking as he gasped for air during changes, will leave him exhausted for Saturday’s elimination match against Taylor Fritz? Have you pushed his body beyond his limits? “I don’t think there is a limit,” Djokovic said. “It’s really in your head. It’s really about perspective and focus and your perception of how you see things at that given moment.” “Of course when you’re going through physical problems, it affects the game, it affects how you feel mentally, affects your body language. Of course, the opponent likes to see you knocked down and is trying to dominate in exchanges… he is trying to get the advantage of the match, which was kind of like the situation that was happening today. But I think the biggest battle, as I’ve said before, is always the battle within. If you can get yourself into that optimal state of mind and body as often as possible, I feel like you can bring out the best and the more you reap the best results for yourself.” at every moment, at every point, in every match”. Djokovic won that mental battle on Friday in Turin. He now faces a physical battle as he looks to recover, without a day’s rest, for his Saturday matchup with Fritz. “Well, I’m not the coolest guy right now talking to you like maybe I was yesterday,” he admitted, smiling.

Mouratoglou opens up on Djokovic

Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou recently reflected on Novak Djokovic’s potential return to next year’s Australian Open. “Big news in the tennis world, Novak Djokovic is allowed to play at the Australian Open so probably he will be able to play three grand slams minimum next year. That changes completely, potentially the history of the game because Novak is the one who is winning the most Grand Slams for a few years except in 2020 because Wimbledon was cancelled but otherwise he is scoring between two and three grand Slams every year,” Mouratoglou said. “And the real question is how long is he gonna play Rafa, which is a big question and will the young generation, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, all this generation and Zverev and the younger generation, Alcaraz, Holger Rune and Sinner. Will they be able to win Grand Slams and in a way prevent Novak from winning 2 to 3 per year. That are the questions that are so interesting in the future and now because he can play the Grand Slam we are so excited to witness that,” Mouratoglou concluded.