Novak Djokovic reiterated yesterday that he thinks this year surpasses his incredible 2011 season when he won three Grand Slams in 10 titles.
After winning Shanghai yesterday beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 62, 64, Djokovic added his 9th title of the year and that includes his three Slams.
“It’s the best year of my life,” Djokovic asserted. “No question about it. Everything is working great. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be able to play this well, to be successful.
“I don’t want to get carried away by success obviously because I want to be playing on this level for many more years to come. I know that one of the things that you have to do in order to keep playing on a high level is stay committed and stay determined to this lifestyle that is obviously not easy, traveling all the time. Now that I’m a father, that makes it a little bit more difficult.
“I have the support of the close ones, my wife, the most important one, but my brothers, my team. Everybody is behind me on the quest of being the best I can be.”
And it’s hard to argue otherwise. Since his loss to Roger Federer in the Cincinnati final, Djokovic has been perfect. He’s won 17 straight matches and his last 24 sets. And in his last 22 sets during this Asian run, only twice he lost more than three games!
“I think in terms of the two tournaments back‑to‑back weeks, this has been the best two weeks of my life, my career,” he said. “I think I’ve played the best tennis ever in these two weeks in terms of back‑to‑back. Honestly, that’s how I felt.”
With all the momentum in the world, Djokovic heads to Paris and then to the ATP Finals to finish his season.
“Next step is recovery and spending some family time, quality time,” he added. “That’s as important as the working process or competition time. So going to recover. Plenty of time to get ready for the indoor season where I haven’t lost a match the last couple years.
“I’m not thinking about being unbeaten till the rest of the year. But, yes, that’s an option. It’s a possibility. But I’ll still try to keep the kind of a philosophy and approach where the next match matters.”
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