Winning tennis-Wimbledon was a huge boost for confidence in a difficult year: Djokovic

Novak Djokovic said his win at Wimbledon gave him a much-needed boost of confidence during a tough season and laid the foundation for a strong finish to the year. Djokovic was deported from Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year in January for not having been vaccinated against COVID-19. The Serb then struggled to get into top form and only started showing glimpses of his best at the end of the clay-court season.

The 35-year-old then beat Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final to take his 21st Grand Slam crown before winning trophies in Tel Aviv and Astana and arriving in France ready to defend his Paris Masters title this week. “The first part of the year, with everything that happened in Australia, I felt challenged, emotionally and mentally off the field and it affected my game,” said Djokovic.

“I found my way to that desired level and that happened towards the end of the clay-court season. Wimbledon always comes at the right time in my career. When I need that huge confidence boost and big title, Wimbledon is always there.” Djokovic has won the title six times in Paris, including his last two appearances in 2019 and 2021, and said coming back always brings him fond memories.

“At this level it’s important to have a good feeling on the court and a good memory of coming to a place where you’ve done well because tennis is a game with fine margins that determine who is going to win in the match.” he added. “Often how you feel mentally, whether you’re fighting your demons inside in a good or bad way, affects the end result. Here I always felt good.”

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