‘It’s true!’ – Novak Djokovic explains inspiration behind incredible comeback win to reach Wimbledon semi-finals
Novak Djokovic put on a defiant display to complete a Wimbledon comeback win over Jannik Sinner from two sets to love down and reach the last four.
The six-time champion looked in serious trouble after losing the opening two sets in his Wimbledon quarter-final match.
Before this match, Djokovic had only won from that position twice in his career at Wimbledon; on his tournament debut in 2005 and on the way to his third title in 2015.
But belief clearly never abandoned the Serb as he reset from the third set to win 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
When asked to explain what happened in those first two sets, he joked: “Can I take you through the third, fourth and fifth instead?” Drawing laughter from the Centre Court crowd.
Djokovic admitted he needed some inspiration for the comeback.
However, the 20-time Major champion revealed that inspiration came from a simple place, from within, and in a light-hearted manner too.
He said of the break between the second and third sets: “I went off for a refreshment, a toilet break.
“Little pep talk in the mirror,” he continued, prompting a chuckle from the fans again.
“It’s actually true,” he implored.
The comeback win is the seventh time in his career that Djokovic has won from two sets to love down, the most recent before Tuesday coming in the Roland Garros final last year.
His quarter-final victory is also a 26th consecutive Wimbledon win for Djokovic, his last loss coming five years ago at the 2017 event.
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