Andrey Rublev tried to embarrass Novak Djokovic in their second round match at the Nitto ATP Finals, but his explosive charge was interrupted by punches from his opponent. What turned things around in a very even first set was a convenient spike missed by the Russian at 4-5, 40-40.
Djokovic immediately seized the opportunity by putting pressure on Rublev. The 25-year-old Muscovite could not erase the serious mistake from his mind and was very nervous in the second set, which the Belgrade player ended up dominating widely.
«I think the match only lasted one set, because in the second I totally tuned out. No more tennis was played. Everything was clear. The first set is the hardest to play against Novak, especially on this surface. He served very well, a very high percentage of first balls, all very close to the line.
I never really got a chance to do anything. I was only up 15-30 once, but nothing special,» Rublev said at the press conference. Managing emotions? «It’s a bit of everything. Even the typical situations of everyday life, when you are stressed and facing different problems.
I also try to face them calmly. These are things that can help you. Also in the field, of course. It all starts with training. You have to do it every day, watching meditation videos and things like that. Is there a gap with the best players? I don’t know, honestly.
Obviously Novak and Rafael Nadal are always the favorites in all tournaments. Everyone hopes to see them in the final. I don’t know what to say Novak is one of the best of all time.» To reach the semifinals, Rublev will have to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas next Friday.
«I don’t know what to expect. I’m not thinking about my next match yet.»
Nole Djokovic on tennis media
Novak Djokovic recently spoke out about the harsh and unfair criticism he is subjected to from the tennis media.
«I know people sometimes think I’m fake, that I do certain things because I want to be loved. It’s not like that, I just try to be genuine. It’s something we’re losing,» Djokovic said, adding. , “It is not possible to please everyone, but at this point, what is politically correct forces us to give up expressing our ideas with respect, without hatred, but with freedom.
Freedom of expression for me today is just an illusion. I had an extraordinary example of this this year, with what happened to me around the issue of vaccines. I expressed myself for the freedom of being able to dispose of one’s own body, and they immediately accused me of being a no-vax, which I am not.
If you don’t belong to a certain way of thinking, you quickly become the bad guy. That is not right,” she expressed.