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Novak Djokovic: “I believe I Can Beat Roger Federer’s 20 Slams”

At this year’s ATP Finals in London, Novak Djokovic talked to Serbian reporters about his willingness to achieve the 20 Slam milestone.

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LONDON – “It’s certainly not easy, but it’s also not impossible for me to equal Roger Federer’s record at 20 Slams,” world No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted for the first time this week.

 

In the second half of 2018, Novak climbed back to the top of the world rankings after a massive crisis that saw him fall to No. 22. When the Serbian reporter Vojin Velickovic of Belgrade’s Sportski Zurnal asked him if he truly believed that he could reach 20 Slams, Novak replied: “Yes, I believe so. I really want it. I don’t know if it will happen, but I am confident that it might. It depends on many different factors. First, it depends on how long I will play. Secondly, we will see how long I will be able to compete at such a high level and how long my body and mind will hold up.  Right now, I believe that I have very good chances to keep up with all those things. I do believe in my ability, but only time will tell if I can really achieve such an incredible goal.”

Djokovic is now 31 years of age and has already captured a staggering 14 Slam titles. He is third in the all-time list behind Rafael Nadal at 17 and Roger Federer at 20.

“Federer is a true phenom and it’s amazing how he remains competitive at 37 years of age, even if he lost a little bit of his speed,” Marian Vajda told Ubitennis. Vajda, who was Djokovic’s coach for 12 years and started working with Novak again this year, also added: “Novak is five years younger than Roger and his body is even more extraordinary. He can still win many more big titles if he wants to. At the beginning of the year, he had so many doubts and, after losing 12 out of 19 matches, he thought that he wasn’t quite himself anymore. His season started to turn around at Queen’s despite the loss to Cilic in the final. And then Novak finally started believing in himself again after the incredible win over Nadal in the Wimbledon semifinal. His anxiety suddenly evaporated after that match.”  

Djokovic will play Kevin Anderson in tomorrow’s semifinal at the ATP Finals, in a revenge of this year’s Wimbledon final. The Serb leads the head-to-head against the South African 7-1. The first semifinal will feature Roger Federer against the big serving Alexander Zverev, with the Swiss maestro leading their head-to-head 3-2.

None of the clashes that featured the eight best players in the world have offered great entertainment at this year’s ATP Finals so far. Most matches were decided in straight sets and only the boring battle between the two serving giants John Isner and Marin Cilic went to a third. By the way, their effort proved to be in vain since they were both eliminated from the competition in the round-robin stage.

The tennis universe will certainly be delighted by a dream final between Djokovic and Federer. The two superstars have already faced each other a million times, but it’s fair to say how nobody ever gets tired of listening to Mozart and Beethoven.

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Novak Djokovic battles past Diego Schwartzman to set up a blockbuster final against Rafael Nadal in Rome

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Novak Djokovic battled past Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 in the semifinal of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia setting up a blockbuster final against Rafael Nadal.

 

In their previous head-to-head match Djokovic recovered from 2 sets to one down to win in five sets at 2017 Roland Garros.

Both players played a good match, but Djokovic raised his level in the most decisive moments of the match. Djokovic was not affected by his 3-hour marathon match against Juan Martin Del Potro, where he saved two match points.

Djokovic won another thrilling match after 2 hours and 31 minutes against Schwartzman reaching his 9th final in Rome and his 49th title match at Masters 1000 level.

Djokovic converted four of his five break points and dropped his serve twice.

Djokovic got his first break in the eighth game, when Schwartzman netted a backhand. Djokovic held his serve with three winners in the ninth game to close out the opening set 6-3 after 38 minutes.

Djokovic and Schwartzman traded four consecutive breaks from 3-2 in the second set. Schwartzman went up a break twice at 4-2 and 5-3, but Djokovic broke back both times in the seventh and ninth games to draw level to 5-5 setting up a tie-break. Schwartzman took two mini-breaks and won all points on serve to win the tie-break 7-2 forcing the match to the third set.

In the third set they traded five service games before Djokovic earned the decisive break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, when Schwartzman made a backhand error. The Serbian player held serve in the ninth game to secure his spot in the final.

Djokovic and Nadal will meet for the 54th time. The Serbian player leads 28-25 in his head-to-head matches against the Spaniard. Both players hold the record of 33 Masters 1000 titles.

“He keeps on showing to the world why Nadal is one of the biggest legends of tennis history. I have the greatest respect for him. He is my greatest of all time. Every time we get to play each other, it’s a thrill. It’s the ultimate challenge”, said Djokovic.  

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 

 

The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.

 

 

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Novak Djokovic fends off two match points to win a dramatic quarter final match against Juan Martin Del Potro in Rome

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Four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic fended off two match pointsto knok out Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 after 3 hours and 2 minutes in one of the most exciting matches of this edition of the Intenazionali d’Italia in Rome.

 

Djokovic won just five points than Del Potro and hit 43 winners to 34 unforced errors.

Del Potro saved six break points in the fourth, sixth and eighth games of the opening set and got his break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead.

The Argentine saved three break points in the tenth game to close out the first set with a backhand down the line winner.

Del Potro hit an ace to save a break point in the second game of the second set. Djokovic broke serve in the sixth game with a backhand winner.

The world number 1 fended off a set point on the return in the eighth game. Del Potro broke back at 15 in the ninth game after a loose backhand from Djokovic, when he was serving out the set at 5-3.

Del Potro earned two match points at 6-4 in the tie-break. Djokovic reeled off four consecutive points to win the tie-break 8-6, when Del Potro sent a backhand long forcing the match to the third set.

Djokovic fended off three break points in the fourth game of the decider before breaking serve in the fifth game, as Del Potro netted a forehand. The Serb served well in the next games and closed out the match with a hold of serve setting up a semifinal clash against Diego Schwartzman.

“I have never lost faith I could come back to the match. One break of serve, mini-break of the tie-break when he was 6-4 in the tie-break, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. He missed a crucial point in the tie-break. Also in the break point of the third set, quite easy forehand. That’s what happens. That’s sport. I am just really pleased to overcome. I am happy that Del Potro is back to his best form after the injury”, said Djokovic.

 

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