Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic competes professionally. The Association of Tennis Professionals has him currently rated third in the world in the singles category. He held the top spot in the global rankings for an unprecedented 373 weeks, and he set a record seven times as the year's final leader.
In London Novak Djokovic seemed less intimidated by this disadvantage. There was less obvious strain. Of course, he has no desire to lag behind in games. It's just that he knows how to handle it when he does.
"Really, it's astonishing how the entire game may crumble just because you feel tense. Then no shots are actually effective. Your gait is sluggish and stationary "said Djokovic.
"In a match, something occurs, and then all of a sudden, it changes totally, and you're flying. It all goes smoothly." Friday at Wimbledon, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic
defeated No. 9 seed Cameron Norrie of Great Britain 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to extend his winning streak at the All England Club to two matches 27 matches as he pursues a fourth straight championship on its grass courts.
"You don't feel better or better equipped as you encounter more of these kinds of events. You are prepared for the situation "said Djokovic. "It always comes down to managing your own anxieties better than, perhaps, your opponent's.
The biggest internal conflict constantly exists." He will compete for the championship on Sunday against Nick Kyrgios, a first-time major finalist. Djokovic declared, "The work is not done.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal withdrew from Friday's match due to a torn abdominal muscle, which eliminated the need for the unseeded Kyrgios, an explosive 27-year-old Australian who received jeers at the mere mention of his name during Djokovic's on-court interview.
Kyrgios referred to the impending contest as "mouth-watering." Despite the fact that they were close contests, he prevailed in their two prior matchups on hard courts five years ago."One thing is for sure," Djokovic said.
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