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Novak Djokovic: It was one of the most thrilling matches that I have ever played, especially here in Wimbledon
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It seems like Novak Djokovic is accustomed to featuring in some mesmerizing five set matches in the business ends of Grand Slams. Be it his amazing come backs at the 2010 and 2011 US Opens where he defeated Roger Federer to the his amazing victory over Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final on record at the Australian Open.
This year too he has already featured in three outstanding five set duels and that too at all three Grand Slams played so far. In Melbourne, Djokovic edged Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the Fourth Round, beating him 12-10 in the deciding set. In Paris, the Serb was outlasted by the King of Clay himself Nadal 9-7 in the fifth set. At Wimbledon this year, Djokovic scraped past Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-3 in a match that lasted for four hours and 43 minutes.
“I had lost a long match at Roland Garros just a few weeks ago. You can't win all the matches,” said Djokovic. “But I know that when we get to the fifth set, when I play a top player at the later stages of a major event especially, this is where your physical strength and also mental ability to stay tough can decide the winner of that match.
“I was disappointed that I didn't finish the match before in the fourth set. But I knew I have more of a chance staying longer in the rally with him, and as the match goes on, I felt like physically I'm fit and can go a long way. So that's something that gave me that mental advantage. In the end, I managed to prevail.”
Djokovic acknowledged the way the match was played, stating that the level of tennis was very high and was maintained throughout the match by both the players. “It was one of the most thrilling matches that I have ever played, especially here in Wimbledon,” expressed Djokovic. “It was very high quality tennis from the first to the last point. There were not many unforced errors. I think there were a lot of winners.
“It was a cat and mouse game in a way throughout the match. Sometimes I was in control and more aggressive, and sometimes him. That's why it was tense. You needed to stay committed and concentrated in order to wait for the chance. When it's presented, you have to grab it. I managed to do that in the fifth.”
With this energy sapping taking a toll on both the players, Djokovic assured that he was upbeat and ready for the finals, where he will bid to win his seventh Grand Slam title. “I'm not in this situation for the first time. I was in worse situations actually before, like in the 2012 Australian Open,” Djokovic asserted. “There were several occasions where I managed to recover, managed win the title in the final, managed to feel fresh and play another six hours. I'm ready and I'm looking forward to that.”
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