Roger Federer said that it would be tough to Djokovic to repeat the same victory in his life.
Novak Djokovic had won ATP Tour Finals yesterday, over Roger Federrer, with 6-3, 6-4.
This title is Djokovic's 11th one of a golden year that saw the world number one win 82 of his 88 matches, reach all 4 grand slam finals and win the Australian Open and the US Open Wimbledon.
Speaking about Djokovic’s victory, Roger Federer, who won the title for 17 times in the past, had said, “It's hard to play at this pace all the time. You are talking about narrow margins, a break point here and there can change the whole outcome.”
“You can't always be on the winning side. Margins are very small at the top. That is why this year of Novak's is amazing. I've been there, Rafa (Nadal) has been there. We both know how hard it is to back it up year after year.”
“It's not the first good year for Novak. Certainly he's going into next year with massive confidence. He's playing great. It's going to be hard for him to have a bad year, but you can't just repeat a year like this.”
“It takes a lot of effort. You've got to be in shape physically with no injuries whatsoever. Mentally you have to be at your peak at all times. It's not as easy as it seems sometimes.”
When Federer was asked, whether he would alter his style of play in a bid to subdue Djokovic, he said, “Not really because I feel I need to work on my overall game that is going to have an impact against most players.”
“For me Rafa is the unique player in the field. I used to work more precisely against him. With Novak it's more straightforward. If you don't play very well you are going to have a hard time. If you play better I know I have my chances with my game.”
Speaking about his Wimbledon title target, Federer said, “Wimbledon is a big one. Rio as well but it's not my number one priority. It starts with the Australian Open which is just around the corner. Once that's over then I look more towards the future.”
“I don't think there's that much I need to change, other than a few tactical things against certain players at some times. I had a lot of great things in my game this year,” Federer said.
By Phani Ch