The final tournament in Turin will be an opportunity for Novak Djokovic to end a rather successful year in a triumphant way. The world's first racket suffered only six defeats in 2021 and pushed many boundaries, however, with the defeat in the US Open final, he missed the opportunity to set a record for the number of Grand Slams won and thus complete the calendar slam that was last won by Rod Laver in 1969.
The bitterness of the September defeat by Daniil Medvedev in New York has not disappeared yet, although the best tennis player in the world returned to the desired track and won the Masters in Paris, and Djokovic referred to the missed opportunity in the United States in an interview with Gazetta.
"I experience defeat not only as a momentary disappointing emotion but also as an opportunity for mental development and character strengthening to get out of a difficult situation as a better person and a better player."
"Certainly, it is part of my job, mental development is just as important as physical, and you need to be able to understand how to manage negative energy in the best way," Djokovic told Gazetta.
The decision to move the final tournament from London to Italy provoked positive criticism from the world's first racket, who expressed satisfaction with his return to a city where he had not competed for more than a decade and a half.
"In the meantime, I am returning to the city I was in only once, at the age of 15 when I participated in the junior tournament. I will try to enjoy it as much as possible." "I am happy to play in Italy where I always feel a great passion for sports and I have a special relationship with the fans.
Of course, I could say that I have had great success in London in the last 11 years, but for the promotion of our sport it is great that the final tournament will be held in a new place and in a country that loves tennis "
Although the term "next-generation" whose leaders are Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas is becoming more and more common in white sports, Djokovic confirms with the dominance that the time of young forces has not yet come, and on this issue, it is possible to draw a parallel between Novak and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
. "I like Ibrahimovic's philosophy: the older I get, the younger I feel. He is truly a symbol of the Balkan mentality, of strength, to never give up and to be full of self-confidence. the field enters with an awareness of its qualities that arise from its work ethic, "said Djokovic.