While many players are running on fumes or simply given up this time of year, Novak Djokovic is still firing on all cylinders. The Serb who has the World No. 1 ranking wrapped up for the season, has now won 14 straight matches after his win today over Feliciano Lopez in Shanghai.
And Djokovic has won 14 straight sets since the US Open without anyone even reaching four games in any one set!
So how does Djokovic do it this time of year when it’s so easy to let down and ease up on the gas?
“I take care of my body,” Djokovic said. “I respect the preparation and recovery routines that I have with my team. You know, it’s all about self‑discipline and being able to understand what you need to do to have the kind of longevity and to endure throughout the entire year, to be able to play this many matches on a high level.
I think scheduling is also one of the key factors of my ability to be consistent throughout the entire year, just being able to peak at the right time and then recover, which is equally as important as the work, as the performance.
“I’ve always liked playing in the last couple of months, as I was answering before, the last couple months of the season. For some reason I’m very successful at this period of the year.”
Djokovic will await the Richard Gasquet-Bernard Tomic winning in the quarterfinals tomorrow. He lost in the semifinals last year to Roger Federer. Since that defeat he has added a baby boy and was married this summer.
“I enjoy my life. I’m happy with my life in general, private life and professional life. So I do have time to reflect, to enjoy other things than tennis. But this is my choice, you know, to come here and play. I do enjoy it. I do like competing. I also have responsibility towards myself, my family, people around me that are working hard to have me play at this level.
“Of course, there are days when you’re not feeling maybe as motivated as some other days. But generally there’s this flair in me about this sport and it keeps me going.”
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