Novak Djokovic said having a great team and proven routines were the key in recovering for the semifinal and final matches at the ATP Finals. On Friday, Djokovic needed three hours and 11 minutes to beat Daniil Medvedev in his group stage finale in Turin.
24 hours later, Djokovic returned to the court and defeated Taylor Fritz to make the final at the ATP Finals. Then, 35-year-old Djokovic defeated Casper Ruud in the final to win the title. "Well, I wouldn't agree that all the matches I physically struggled.
I mean, the first two matches were great. Straight-set wins against Tsitsipas and Rublev. Then I did struggle with the match with Medvedev. This was the toughest match of the week for me, no doubt. It was not easy to recover and to really be able to play well in the semis in less than 24 hours after that match, that thriller against Medvedev.
What can I say? I have a great physio. I have a great team. I have routines that work for me very well, I feel like, in terms of recovery," Djokovic explained.
Djokovic stunningly recovered for the knockout stage
After the Medvedev match, Djokovic didn't want to think that he was tired or exhausted.
Instead, Djokovic was telling himself that he was fresh and ready to go. That tactic obviously worked for Djokovic. "I think most of all it's what you tell to yourself. We talked about it. I think someone asked me after the Medvedev thriller, Where is the limit? I really feel that limit often times exists only in your mind and your perspective.
It's an internal battle with myself because there's one voice that is always telling you you can't do it, you're too tired, this and that, right? The bad guy and the good guy. You try to feed the good guy so he can become louder and stronger than the bad guy.
It's as simple as that. Much easier to say it than to actually do it. In those moments where you have pain, this or that, you don't feel maybe like standing up in the morning, whatever it is, there has to be something, whatever it is for all of us, that gets us up from the bed. It's the heart, it's the mind, whatever the life force or the fuel is for you," Djokovic said.