Novak Djokovic: 'I think it has a lot to do with the environment I grew up in'

“I think it has a lot to do with the environment I grew up in”

In a semi-final that lived up to the prediction from the day before, there were hardly any problems. Novak Djokovic beat the Russian Roman Safiullin with a good performance and reached the final of the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Belgrade native didn’t give away a match that could have hidden some pitfalls that appeared a bit in the second set and can now prepare for the important match on Sunday. In the first set it was simply a solo for the former world number one, who displayed incredible solidity and effectiveness in every exchange that was really difficult to replicate and counter.

Safiullin, almost disoriented, didn’t get into the match right away and slowly gave up the first two rounds of serve while also making several mistakes. The Serb is relentless and takes a 5-0 lead with great “ease” in a short time and with little effort.

The Russian made the first game of the match his own, but shortly afterwards couldn’t escape the Belgrade’s winning the set (6:1). In the second, Novak struggled more with his opponent’s serve, who caught up and tried to hang on to the scoreboard.

To the sound of the aces, the 25-year-old stayed in front and tried the big break: when the score was 3: 2, Safiullin got two breakballs, which he did not use even after the winner of 21 Slam titles, and a great opportunity disappeared .

Djokovic countered and got the long-awaited break to serve for the match in the ninth game. Is the game over? Not at all, because the Russian doesn’t give up quickly and, thanks to a last double fault, unexpectedly equalizes to 5:5.

The Podol’sker native then pulled the Serb into a tie-break. At the crucial moment, Nole flexed his muscles and took no chances, winning 7-3 and earning a place in the final act of the tournament.

Nole on his mental toughness

Novak Djokovic is known for his exceptional mental toughness which has helped establish him as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

“I think it has a lot to do with the environment I grew up in. As I mentioned before, I grew up in Serbia in the 90’s, living with wars, sanctions and difficult times. My parents suffered a lot just to be able to eat.

I was lucky enough to belong to this sport, which is not cheap. I fell in love with tennis and my parents helped me even though it was extremely difficult for them,” Djokovic was quoted as saying by Punto de Break. “It comes from appreciating life and those kinds of circumstances and knowing what it feels like to have nothing and then have so much in life.

This gives you the perspective to respect everything that comes with a more positive and humble attitude. It doesn’t always help me, but it catches on when I use it,” he added.

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