Novak Djokovic: 'It Was Quite Challenging Mentally'

«It was quite challenging mentally»

The dominance of the Big Three over the last two decades has been one of the most incredible things we have witnessed in the world of sports. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal are the ones who have won the most tournaments, they have held the record for weeks at the top of the ATP ranking (few have been first in their place) and they have accumulated a total of 63 Grand Slams. Titles

Over the years, various athletes have attempted to break the Big Three’s dominance, think of Murray and Wawrinka, who created the most headaches for the best version of the three when NextGen was born.

NextGen means in the ATP circuit the next generation of tennis players, those who are entering the present of the circuit but who are destined to make history in the future. The first version of the NextGen didn’t work that well, the various Zverev, Tsitsipas and even Medvedev or Thiem beat the big three but almost never in big events, especially in clashes with Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Thiem won in New York, but it was an atypical tournament in which for different reasons the three phenomena could not compete, Medvedev was the only one in recent history to have beaten a Big Three in a Slam final, surprisingly beating Novak Djokovic in the end. US Open and preventing the Serbian from getting the long-awaited Grand Slam.

Now things, in this final 2022, seem to have changed absolutely. In this 2022 the star of Carlos Alcaraz has exploded. The Spanish tennis player has come full circle on the tour, first winning the ATP 500 and Masters 1000 and ending the season by winning the US Open.

Nole was forced to miss two Majors

Although Novak Djokovic has been very successful this season, it has not been the best year for the Serb. «I am going to Paris, preparing for the last two tournaments of the year, the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals in Turin,» Djokovic said.

«I feel good. These last two competitions, in Astana and Tel Aviv, and the titles won, raised my self-confidence level and my motivation. It’s a natural and normal thing that when you win, you want to play more.» and continue that streak.

I hope I can finish this season in the best possible way because this year was very unusual, different and quite challenging mentally and emotionally for me», he continued. «I am happy to feel good again on the court and I am satisfied with my game.»

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