The World no. one Novak Djokovic says; the realization that he never lost an Australian Open final gives him enormous confidence.
He said, “Of course, it contributes to [having] more confidence. Coming into the final, knowing that I [have] never lost in the final or semi-finals [at the Australian Open] just makes me feel more comfortable on the court.”
Djokovic injured his abdominal region
Djokovic injured his abdominal region in a third-round victory over Fritz last week. Further, he discussed the route to a 28th major championship final and how he played pain-free against Karatsev on Rod Laver Arena.
“I have never experienced the kind of a injury that I experienced in third round here, and had to deal with in the past five days,” said Djokovic.
He sees his experience at the Grand Slam as something, he can draw a lot of lessons from. And adding to that, he is pleased with the recovery of his injury.
“Each day [the injury] is progressing and getting better, and so today is [the] best [I have] felt. Hopefully, [the injury] will stay the same until the final.”
Inspiring words by Djokovic
The Serbian, who has compiled an 81-8 match record at Melbourne Park, admitted he has always aimed to begin each season in good form.
“I think, as any other tennis player at the beginning of the season, I really want to get off the blocks and start the season in the best possible way. So I’m fresh, I’m motivated, I’m inspired to play my best tennis. Then, of course, the surface, the conditions, especially night matches are very suitable to my style of play.
“I just somehow always manage to find the best game when it matters the most. The more I win, the better I feel coming back each year…. The love affair keeps [on] going”, words of Djokovic.
This is the kind of motivation sportsmen must carry within them. Novak Djokovic sets an example not only for the sportsmen out there but for each and everyone, that one must find a way to succeed rather than making excuses.
After Rafael Nadal’s loss to Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, Djokovic is guaranteed to remain as World No. One, at least through 8 March, when he will overtake Roger Federer to set a new record of 311 total weeks at No. One in the FedEx ATP Rankings.