Novak Djokovic: 'Everyone Has One Of Those Days Where...'

‘Everyone has one of those days where…’

After six intense days of group stage, there is just one day left to meet the finalists in Turin, and they will be determined through two meetings with various ATP Tour backgrounds: Novak Djokovic v Taylor Fritz and Casper Ruud v Andrey Rublev.

Judging by the second meeting, at least one player is already guaranteed to make his debut in the final round of the Nitto ATP Finals, but it could also be two if Fritz pulls off an upset against Djokovic. The Serbian, who is seeking to equal the record for titles at the Nitto ATP Finals (held by Roger Federer, with six crowns), enters with favoritism on his side: by position in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, by his experience playing this event (they will be her 11th semifinal at this event) and for her record with Taylor Fritz.

The Serb leads the ATP HeadToHead 5-0 between them, and is 11-2 in sets in this rivalry. The first reason is the wear and tear that ‘Nole’ is dragging, who had to fight for more than three hours in this Friday’s match against Daniil Medvedev.

While the much more rested American last competed on Thursday when he beat Auger-Aliassime. And the fatigue weighs heavily in this competition at the end of the season. Let Djokovic himself say it: the last three times that he advanced undefeated to the semifinals, he did not end up being champion.

“I am facing a great opportunity. I really want to play against Novak. He’s obviously one of the best, if not the best. He has done pretty well here in the past. I’m super excited about this match,” said Fritz, who is looking to become the first tennis player from his country to qualify for the final of this event since James Blake in 2006, when the tournament was played in Shanghai.

Djokovic struggled physically

Novak Djokovic notched three straight wins at the 2022 ATP Finals on Friday, beating Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2). «There were a lot of different things. But I’m not going to go into detail about it because I just don’t feel like it’s a place to share that because why would I? I don’t want to reveal what exactly I’m going through for my opponents,» he said.

“Everyone has one of those days where they fight more physically. For me that was today. I am very proud to be able to find the way, because that is what we are, I think for ourselves and for the team and for the people. who come to see you, is to always try to do your best at that given moment,» he added.

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