Novak Djokovic Australian Open 2021

‘Novak Djokovic just refuses to lose’ declares Navratilova on champion mindset

Martina Navratilova spoke on what champion qualities Novak Djokovic has and what makes him one of tennis’ greatest ever players.

World No. 1 Djokovic reached his 11th Italian Open final by defeating home favourite Lorenzo Sonego in the last four on Saturday.

Navratilova won an incredible 59 Grand Slam titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

“[Djokovic] finds a way to win,” Navratilova told Amazon Prime Video. “Even when he’s not that sharp or an opponent plays extremely well.

“He is a wall, it’s really frustrating to play against him because you feel like you’re beating yourself up. You’re doing everything right and you still can’t break through his defences, and then he’s got pretty good offence as well.

“But that’s the mark of a champion, finding ways to win when…the crowd is against you, when the opponent’s playing out of their mind, but you still somehow, you just refuse to lose. Basically he refuses to lose.”

Novak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal today to try to secure a sixth Rome crown of his career.

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