Djokovic Looking To Right Wrongs In Major Finals
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Going into his 14th Grand Slam final, Novak Djokovic is looking to right the wrongs of the past 18 months.
The Serb has lost five of his past six major finals, including his past three, with his most recent triumph coming at the 2013 Australian Open (d. Murray). The champion at Wimbledon in 2011, Djokovic is eager to turn the tide with another victory at the All England Club and capture his seventh Grand Slam championship.
“There is plenty of motivation from my side to win this Grand Slam final. It would mean a lot mentally for me,” said the Serb, who beat Grigor Dimitrov in four sets in Friday’s semi-finals.
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“I don't want to sound like I'm not appreciating playing the finals of a Grand Slam. It's already a huge result. We cannot take that for granted,” said the Belgrade native, who came into Wimbledon after losing out to Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros final. “I know that I can win the title. I should have won a few of the matches that I lost in the finals of Grand Slams in the past couple of years.”
Tasting defeat more often than he would have liked in the major finals has given Djokovic an even greater appreciation for the achievements of Roger Federer – the man he will face in Sunday’s final – who is chasing his 18th Grand Slam championship.
“It's a learning process. It's mental at the end of the day. You have to be able to be in the top of your game, mentally fresh and motivated, calm and composed.
“Things have to come together for you to win a Grand Slam. That's why not that many players throughout history have done that. Federer for example, winning so many Grand Slams. It's a remarkable achievement. Hopefully I can get the title in two days and start a new nice series of winning Grand Slam titles.”
After cruising through his first four matches of The Championships for the loss of just one set, Djokovic has been guilty in his past two matches of letting slip winning positions. The Serb was pushed to five sets by Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals and allowed Dimitrov back into their semi-final clash on a couple of occasions after squandering a break advantage. The Serb, though, is looking to use the experiences to his advantage in the final.
“I have been going through some tough matches during this tournament,” said Djokovic. “But there is a reason for me going through these experiences and fighting through it. I'm going to try to use that experience in a positive way and encourage myself to get a title.
"It's important when you lose a set or two sets to be able to bounce back and recover from that. I've done that, and that's a positive that I'm taking from these matches.”