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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