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I lost my love for the sport, reveals Novak

By Robert Jones

Published 21/09/2016

Rejuvenated: Novak Djokovic wants to finish the season in style
Rejuvenated: Novak Djokovic wants to finish the season in style

Novak Djokovic says he's determined to finish the season on a high after admitting he lost his enjoyment of the sport after winning the French Open.

Having reached a third Grand Slam final of the year in New York, Djokovic lost in four sets to Stan Wawrinka, underlining the belief that he has looked less formidable in the second half of the season.

Djokovic has still claimed seven titles this year including two Grand Slams and four Masters series events but he admits that since winning major number 12 in Paris he has faced a tough time in energising himself for the challenges through the season, mentally and physically.

"To be honest I am looking forward to finding the freshness and peace of mind of enjoying sport and enjoying being on the tennis court," said Djokovic.

"Somehow I lost it along the way after Paris and the French Open. I felt that over the last couple of months it was difficult for me to re-engage myself."

The world number one beat Andy Murray at Roland Garros to claim his second slam of the year after victory over the Scot at the Australian Open but, more importantly, it completed a career Grand Slam for Djokovic.

The Serb followed up with a third round defeat to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon and a first round exit to Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympics before his defeat to Wawrinka at Flushing Meadows and he admits that he is looking forward to finding his love for the game again.

"I had the Olympic Games and I had a couple of injuries," the 29-year-old added.

"The US Open final was great considering the circumstances - but it's been another great season and it is not over." Djokovic has two remaining Masters events in Shanghai and Paris before the season ending World Tour Finals at the O2 in London in November.

Andy Murray's thigh problem will not stop him playing a charity exhibition match today but the Scot plans to re-assess his schedule for the remainder of the year.

Murray picked up a thigh strain during his Davis Cup singles victory over Guido Pella on Sunday but it is understood he will not pull out of the charity event at Glasgow's Hydro Arena.

The world number two will face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, with proceeds going to Unicef and a local charity in north Glasgow called Young People's Futures. Murray is then due to play tournaments in Beijing, Shanghai and Vienna before ending the season with the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals.

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