'They really got behind him and Novak Djokovic', says top analyst

‘They really got behind him and Novak Djokovic’, says top analyst

Everything is ready for the start of the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, a tournament scheduled for November 13-20. Novak Djokovic was unlucky with the draw and will have to overcome competition from Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev in the Red Group to reach the semifinals of the Masters Tournament.

The Serb has won the Finals five times, but his last success was in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018, Djokovic reached the final twice; while in the following three editions he stopped twice in the semifinals and once in the round of 16 matches.

The one from Belgrade will face Tsitsipas in the premiere next Monday in the afternoon session. “It would be the perfect way to end the season. The icing on the cake, yes, but it’s a long way to get there. Here you have to play against the best in the world.

You meet almost everyone at least once in this tournament, which I have played many times in this format. I hope that past experience will be useful to me,” Djokovic said during Media Day and in words collected by the official website of the Nitto ATP Finals.

“There was a great turnout in Turin. We feel very welcome, I feel that we are treated in a special way here. There is great anticipation for the tournament. It’s the last week of the year on tour, it’s a bit like the last shot for all of us.

From the first game we need maximum intensity, so we’re going to try to be as prepared as possible and at the same time enjoy these days before the tournament starts.” Djokovic finally boarded the first match against Tsitsipas.

“I faced him in the last two tournaments I played, in the Astana final and in the semi-finals. They were two very close matches, especially in Paris.”

Flink comments on Djokovic

In light of this, Steve Flink recently spoke with David Bellinson on a podcast about Novak Djokovic’s semifinal match with Tsitsipas.

“Novak hadn’t lost a set all week, and he was on his winning streak too. He had won his last three tournaments, going back to Wimbledon and two in a row in the autumn. He didn’t lose a set coming into Tsitsipas and that was an interesting match because he won the first set really comfortably 6-2, then had a 0-30 opening at the start of the second set,” Flink said.

“Stefanos got out of that game, started waving his arms up with the crowd, he really played with the crowd and I don’t say that grudgingly, I think it was wise because he wanted to let the crowd react, to use a little boost there, ‘help me out’, and they did.

They really got behind him and Novak. You could see that he was a little bit jarred by that. He wasn’t angry, he just was a little more low-key, a little less confident,” he added.

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