A former No. 1 considers the story of Novak Djokovic

Tennis star Novak Djokovic from Serbia reflected on his first ATP Finals match, which occurred 12 years ago. The previous world champion said: “I seem to recall making my ATP World Tour Finals debut in Shanghai in 2007, where I believe I lost all three of my group matches.

I was with Ferrer and Nadal; I don’t recall the other player. He was tense, though. He was, of course, pleased to be there. Although he was quite thrilled to be one of the select eight men, you know, it’s a new atmosphere for you.

Knowing you’re going to play a top 10 player in every pool match makes it different even if it’s on a tennis court and it’s a tennis match. Since we have a lot of experience and have been competing at the highest level for a long time, there is a lot of mental pressure to do well.

We are aware of how to handle these kinds of circumstances intellectually and emotionally. Knowing that he would likely be a little more apprehensive at the start of the match, he wanted to try to use and break resistance very fast, which happened in that first set halfway through.

A rather simple forehand for him was missed. That allowed me to relax. After that, I was able to read it more clearly, so I took it from him and set up shop on the court. I got going really nicely. Simply put, I’m really happy with how I returned, especially in light of how strong and quick the server is and how efficient the service is.

I’m pleased with how I was able to return the majority of his serves, especially after that point near the end.”

Novak Djokovic and John McEnroe

John McEnroe backed Novak Djokovic‘s participation in the US Open and criticized the political establishment for standing in the way.

“Politicians are getting in the way too much; Australia saw it.” said McEnroe. “Allow the man to visit and compete in the US. Come on, I mean. This is absurd. You can consent to a test. There must be a workaround for this.”

Tennis fans on Twitter criticized the Serb for not being vaccinated in response to McEnroe‘s remarks. “The guidelines for Covid established by the various nations should be adhered to by Novak Djokovic. Though he may not agree with the regulations, they are not unreasonable. Additionally, his refusal to get vaccinated is reckless rather than brave “a follower wrote.