Novak Djokovic Explains Why His Hand Was Shaking So Uncontrollably Between The 2nd And 3rd Sets v Federer [Video]
by Tom Gainey | March 23rd, 2015, 11:16 am
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Even the best feel the pressure. After blowing a second set break lead and a point for 52, Novak Djokovic served three double faults in the tiebreak to hand Roger Federer the second set yesterday in their Indian Wells final yesterday.

Djokovic missed his chance in the second. The match should have been over. And then the double faults. Federer was back and the crowd was firmly on the Swiss’s side. And with Federer taking a toilet break, the TV camera fixated on Djokovic who was in his chair, hand shaking as he tried to take his drink, clearly impacted by the moment.

“It was exactly what you saw. It happens I guess sometimes. The body has reactions and movements that you’re not in control of,” Djokovic said. “I can’t identify the emotion that was behind it, but it was a little bit of everything. Obviously knowing that I was so close to victory, making three double faults, the pressure, it was all part of it.

“As I said before, we are all humans. We all go through those emotions like everybody goes through on a daily basis. Just because of the experience, because of the training of the mind and the body, we understand what it takes to calm yourself and get yourself in that zone where you want to be.”


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11 Comments for Novak Djokovic Explains Why His Hand Was Shaking So Uncontrollably Between The 2nd And 3rd Sets v Federer [Video]

Hippy Chick Says:

When it comes sport,even the greats get nervous at crunch time when theres so much at stake,not just in tennis either,our England football team seem to be cursed when it comes to taking penalties,im thinking Gareth Southgate,David Beckham,Darius Vassel,Stuart Pearce to name but a few,eek i always cringe when we play the World Cup or Euro when it comes to our team taking penalties….


Hippy Chick Says:

Matador i love that group,but thats because i love dirty rockers….


TennisVagabond.com Says:

An incredible moment. And think how strong he came out from that.


Emily Says:

@Hippy, all those names give me PTSD. I’ve never forgotten that Southgate penalty and if it goes to penalties in an English football match, I almost give up before it even begins. Surprised at Novak’s shaking hands, but it was probably a reflex, b/c he was definitely not shaking during that 3rd set.


Humble Rafa Says:

When I get excited, some body part shakes also. But unlike the Egg Lover, I have an army of doctors who travel with me to ensure my well being.


tennismonger Says:

Ah, good to know that in the end (for some of us at least), the mind rules the body…


Hippy Chick Says:

Emily lol me too,i just dont care for penalties or sudden death situations in sports,TBs in tennis yuck,penalties in football yuck,i just dont like it as it rewards negative football,first one to miss it just doesnt seem right,as your actually wanting/waiting for one team to fail rather than the other to succeed….


Okiegal Says:

He was shaking……I do that when my blood sugar drops. Yes, pressure can make the body go through emotions……yep, number one is human. But he collected himself and got the job done. Kudos to him!


Yolita Says:

After watching that, it is even more impressive how strongly he came back.
He’s a monster!! :-)


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