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Experiences eases pressure, says Djokovic



Coach Goran Ivanesivic and Novak Djokovic

Coach Goran Ivanesivic and Novak Djokovic

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Coach Goran Ivanesivic and Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic will digest his latest victorious nibble of the Wimbledon grass before deciding what step to take next in his historic season.

By defeating Matteo Berrettini to w in his record-equalling 20th grand slam title, Djokovic has made the best start to a season by any man since Rod Laver in 1969.

He will be a hot favourite to match Laver by winning the US Open and completing the calendar Grand Slam, while, despite his reservations about going to Tokyo, it seems unlikely he will pass up the opportunity to become the first man to win a Golden Slam of all four titles and an Olympic singles gold medal.

Since recovering from elbow surgery and rediscovering his mojo by winning Wimbledon three years ago, Djokovic has won eight of the last 12 slam titles and is more dominant than he has ever been.

The Serbian is reaping the benefits of a meticulous devotion to looking after his body and, even at the age of 34, has no trouble physically matching players more than a decade younger.

Speaking after defeating Berrettini, Djokovic said: “I feel like, from 15 years ago to today, the journey that I’ve been through has been very rewarding for every segment of my game and also my mental strength, the experience, understanding of how to cope with the pressure in the big moments, how to be a clutch player when it matters the most.

“That’s probably, if I have to pick one, the one that I would point out as the highlight of my, so to say, improvement in my assets that I have in the last 15 years on the tour. Just the ability to cope with pressure.

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“The more you play the big matches, the more experience you have.

"The more experience you have, the more you believe in yourself.

"The more you win, the more confident you are. It’s all connected.”

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