After an incredible start to 2016, Novak Djokovic’s has found himself in a mini-slump. Just one title in his last six events and his loss of the No. 1 ranking has brought of the critics. But Djokovic says, not to worry.
“The high standard of results and success I’ve had the last couple of years probably has taken its toll,” Djokovic told the press Friday. “I didn’t get to recover I guess as fast after the French open, to be ready to compete on the highest level after that.
“I played well at the US Open I thought, made the finals, winning Toronto. The injury took me off from the Olympic Games but all in all a very good year that I’m proud of. I’m here in London to try to crown this year with the best possible result.”
And Novak’s not lost that will to win.
“Even after 10-plus years at a professional level, I still feel I have a lot of gas in my tank,” he said. “I feel like I still have a lot more years ahead of me. I feel great joy when I compete, when I play.
“The power of passion towards the sport is the No. 1 thing that drives me to play, to enjoy to play. This is the game. if you don’t enjoy the game, your time on court, everything else becomes two or three, five times more difficult than it is or should be.”
Djokovic has won the ATP Finals four straight years and five times overall.
“Fortunately for me at this stage I don’t have the problem of really finding motivation or sources of inspiration, I have plenty of them,” he siad.
“My mindset is very positive towards the sport and towards the life that I have. In addition to that I have the great support of my family, as long as it’s like that I’ll be around.”
Djokovic begins his quest for a sixth ATP Finals and the return to No. 1 tomorrow starting Sunday against debutant Dominic Thiem. In his group, Djokovic is an incredible 23-0 combined against his fellow opponents (Thiem, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils).
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