“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 box.
“This win is special. After everything that’s happened this year. It was a tough season. To end 2022 like this, winning such an important tournament after six or seven years since the last time. Djokovic deserved this victory.
Nobody knows what he went through, but the work paid off. There were many ups and downs for the whole team. I have to mention all of them 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’re a tennis player, you always have to deal with pressure. The really complicated thing was the wait: you can’t make a schedule. First they let you play, then restrictions are added and it’s no longer possible.
You prepare for events 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 settling down and more and more countries are open.”
Chris Oddo speaks about Djokovic
Despite having a limited 2022 season, Novak Djokovic proved that his overall game has no limits, at least, that’s what journalist Chris Oddo believes. “Isn’t it funny how people panic and tend to think like, ‘Novak Djokovic is not right, he’s shivering at a changeover, this is it, he’s going to fall down and lose this match,’ It’s kind of like, haven’t we done this before, doubted him physically or his limitations or whatever?” Chris Oddo said.
“Djokovic’s just stepping up, finishing with 18 wins in 19 matches, winning his 6th ATP Finals title. From start to finish, it’s so incredible what he’s been able to do…You see how much trouble Rafa has late in the season here, and look at Novak- finding a way to go undefeated and pick up nearly 5 million dollars as a Christmas present,” Oddo said further.
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