Novak Djokovic ‘Proud Of The Fight’ In Defeat To Sinner

After experiencing a 7-5, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) defeat to Jannik Sinner on Tuesday at the Nitto ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic was greeted by the Italian home favourite with a warm embrace at the net.

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The Italian was warmly embraced by Novak Djokovic at the net following his 7-5, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) defeat on Tuesday at the Nitto ATP Finals.

In his post-match press conference, Novak Djokovic’s goodwill persisted as he showered praise on his opponent’s play, stating, “A fantastic match was played by him, and congratulations are in order. In the most crucial moments, his best game was showcased, and the victory was truly deserved, as I conveyed to him at the net.”

Sinner’s aggressive play during the crucial moments, marked by a flurry of significant ground strokes in the concluding phases of the first and third sets, was particularly commended by Djokovic.

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“The main difference lies in the fact that, in the crucial points, he was being proactive and demonstrated greater courage,” remarked the World No. 1. “The victory was rightfully his because, in important moments, my aggressiveness and decisiveness were lacking. I provided him with the opportunity to seize control over the points.”

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While Djokovic found little overall fault with his own game, a lesson was gleaned from the defeat.

“I have learned that, in certain moments, I need to be more decisive. Today, I wasn’t. That’s acceptable,” he stated. “In one’s career, some matches are won, and some are lost. Throughout most of my career, I was emerging victorious in such encounters. Tonight, however, was one of those losses.”

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Djokovic’s challenge was further compounded by the constant support from the Italian crowd for Sinner, along with the 22-year-old’s determination to secure his inaugural win in their Lexus ATP Head2Head series. Despite the difficulty, Djokovic is accustomed to playing with a figurative target on his back.

“They aim to claim a notable victory. Jannik achieved that tonight,” he acknowledged. “Losing matches like this is normal, but I must find contentment in the fight, the fighting spirit. Despite being a set down and a break down in the third set, I managed a comeback in today’s challenging and difficult court conditions.”

“I take pride in the effort I exerted. Unfortunately, it fell short for the win.”

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