Novak Djokovic felt Sunday’s epic Wimbledon closing in opposition to Roger Federer was essentially the most mentally difficult match of his profession as he known as on all his psychological energy to edge a five-set thriller.
World primary Djokovic prevailed 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) after virtually 5 hours on Centre Courtroom on Sunday.
Djokovic rescued two championship factors at 8-7 down within the closing set earlier than happening to assert his 16th grand slam title with a fifth triumph on the All England Membership.
“It was probably the mentally most demanding match I was ever part of,” Serbian star Djokovic instructed a information convention.
“I had essentially the most bodily demanding match in opposition to [Rafael] Nadal within the  finals of Australia that went virtually six hours. However mentally this was completely different degree, due to all the pieces.
“I clearly attempt to play the match in my thoughts earlier than I go on the court docket. I most likely couldn’t play this type of situation.
“I all the time attempt to think about myself as a winner. I suppose there’s a energy to that. Additionally there needs to be, subsequent to the willpower, energy that comes not simply out of your bodily self, however out of your psychological and emotional self. For me, not less than, it is a fixed battle inside, greater than what occurs exterior.
“You might want to be consistently taking part in effectively all through 5 hours if you wish to win a match like this. I guess there may be an endurance half. However I suppose there may be all the time this self-belief.
“You need to preserve reminding your self that you simply’re there for a cause and that you’re higher than the opposite man.
“As exhausting because the second is that you’re in, the extra it’s important to remind your self, the extra it’s important to discuss to your self. That is not less than in my case.”
Victory noticed Djokovic transfer to inside 4 of Federer’s document variety of males’s singles grand slam wins, however the 32-year-old shouldn’t be setting an specific goal to overtake the Swiss maestro.
“Whether I’m going to be able to do it or not, I don’t know,” Djokovic mentioned. “I imply, I’m probably not taking a look at age as a restriction of any sort for me not less than. What I mentioned on the court docket, I actually meant it: Roger actually conjures up me along with his effort at his age.
“It simply relies upon how lengthy I’m going to play. It relies upon not solely on myself, it is dependent upon circumstances in life. I’m not only a tennis participant, I’m a father and a husband. You need to stability issues out.”