«I thank my family and my team. This success must be divided exactly in half, being my shoulder to cry on in the hardest moments and the ears that listened to me when I needed to vent» After winning the ATP Finals for the sixth time in his career , Novak Djokovic dedicated a nice message to his family and his entire team.
The Serbian champion had a very difficult season and missed several tournaments, including two Grand Slams, due to registration regulations imposed by different countries to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Goran Ivanisevic has always supported and endorsed Djokovic and, at a press conference, he stopped precisely at the anomalous year of the Belgrade player in the draw.
«This victory is special. After everything that has happened this year. It has been a tough season. Ending 2022 like this, winning such an important tournament after six or seven years since the last time. Djokovic deserved this victory.
No one knows what he went through, but the work was worth it. There were a lot of ups and downs for the whole team. I have to mention them all because they make my job easier. Marco, Uli, Ella and Edo. It was difficult for us; even more so for Novak», explained the Croatian.
“When you are a tennis player, you always have to deal with the pressure. The really difficult thing was the wait: you can’t make a schedule. First they let you play, then restrictions are added and it’s not possible anymore.
You prepare for events that you can’t play. You don’t know what tournament you can play, or where to prepare it. It has been a roller coaster. Fortunately, things are calming down and more and more countries are open.»
Chris Oddo talks about Djokovic
Despite having a limited 2022 season, Novak Djokovic showed that his game in general has no limits, at least, that’s what journalist Chris Oddo believes. «Isn’t it funny how people panic and tend to think, ‘Novak Djokovic is not doing well, he’s shaking for a change, that’s it, he’s going to fall down and lose this match’, it’s like, isn’t it? «We didn’t do this before, do we doubt him physically or his limitations or whatever,» said Chris Odo.
«Djokovic is just stepping up, finishing with 18 wins from 19 matches, winning his sixth ATP Finals title. From start to finish, it’s so unbelievable what he’s been able to do… You see how many problems Rafa has at the end of season here, and look at Novak — finding a way to go undefeated and picking up almost $5 million as a Christmas present,» Oddo said.