Novak Djokovic Wimbledon 2022

‘I know what’s at stake’ says Novak Djokovic as he explains Wimbledon nerves

Novak Djokovic says the pressure of chasing history often explains his early match nerves like the ones he suffered against Cameron Norrie in the Wimbledon semi-final.

Djokovic was broken three times in the opening set against the Brit, despite him possessing an almost unprecedented amount of big match experience.

He was able to settle in the second set and ultimately eased into a record 32nd Grand Slam final, but he said the pressure of chasing history can definitely weigh heavy – especially when he knows opportunities are now limited.

“Well, I’m aware of what’s on the line,” Novak Djokovic said. “I mean, every match, every Grand Slam that I get to play at this stage of my career, there is a lot on the line.

“I don’t know how many Grand Slam opportunities to win the trophy I will still have, as I will have in few days’ time.

“So, of course, I’m approaching it with positive attitude and self-belief and willingness to win. There’s no doubt about it.

“How do you balance that? Well, it’s really subjective. Every player is different. I can’t, and I don’t want to speak about all the details and routines that I have that make me feel well-balanced and prepared.

“But there are things that I do in order to make myself mentally, emotionally, and physically well-prepared.

“Again, that’s not a guarantee because on the court a lot of things can happen. There’s so much going on,
pressure and expectations.

“Sometimes you’re able to handle it better than your opponent; sometimes not.”

Novak Djokovic will face nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final on Sunday as he chases a 21st major.

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