ATP final. Djokovic: ‘I felt heavier with my legs’

Novak Djokovic He did his homework and was the main favorite with the ATP Final 2022 after hitting Taylor Fritz in two tiebreaks, although the grand final has yet to be played. Despite the signs of fatigue he has shown all week, especially in that tough duel with Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic is confident that he will arrive in good shape for the final match. Already at a press conference today, Novak spoke about his victory against Fritz, his evolution in tennis and about the economic aspect.

Possible historic award

If he takes the undefeated trophy in these ATP Finals, the Serb will take home a total of $4,740,000 million, a figure that has never been seen before: “It’s all public information. Of course people can see how much money we make. What the media doesn’t talk about is all the taxes and other expenses. I can’t come here and talk about money like it’s a problem in my life. I’ve been very lucky. It is a result of my tennis and the successes I have achieved together with my family and team.

Every dollar I’ve earned has gone through sweat and tears. I don’t take anything for granted because I know what it’s like to have nothing on the table, five family members, war and sanctions. Let’s not forget where I come from and what era I grew up in. I know what it’s like to be in the opposite situation, which makes me appreciate even more what I win.”

Physical situation before the final

“My physical condition is different from the other competitions. After the more than three-hour meeting with Medvedev, my legs felt heavier than on other days. I knew I wouldn’t be in my latest draft, but I’d have to find a way to adjust my game, the lack of response on the pitch.

I wasn’t feeling my best from a gaming standpoint. I didn’t feel like I was so exhausted that I couldn’t play. I felt good and could have lasted another set without any problems. I haven’t hit the ball very cleanly all week, not even through my legs. These wins are worth double. When you don’t feel so good, but still manage to beat a great player. I must be happy.”

Best and worst moment of the ATP Finals

“My best memory of the ATP Finals is of that duel with Roger Federer in which I hit a pass ball against match point. I think it was in 2014 or 2015, the year I beat him. The toughest defeat was probably against Andy Murray in 2016. We both fought for number one and he won,” recalls Djokovic.

Evolution during his career

“I would like to believe that I am evolving, like everyone else, I hope in a positive way. I experience changes in my body and of course in my way of thinking and character. Every year we are different people. With the different circumstances in life, you adapt and try to be a better version of yourself. There is more experience. I like to believe that maybe there is also more wisdom regarding how I see things sportingly and in my life.

I look at tennis differently than I did 15 years ago. I have always been very meticulous with the analysis on and off the track. I developed that approach thanks to Jelena Gencic, my first tennis coach. I always worry about all aspects. With each passing year, more lessons are learned, creating a success formula that works for you, maybe not for someone else.”

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