"Relieved", after his coronation, Djokovic still does not intend to be vaccinated

“Relieved”, after his coronation, Djokovic still does not intend to be vaccinated

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The seven-time winner of the London Grand Slam has long returned to his difficult start to the year and does not plan too much for the US Open, which he cannot play for the time being since he is not vaccinated.

At Wimbledon,

On the seventh coronation

“I feel like I’m on the moon. This tournament is very special to me because it was the first one I watched as a kid that made me want to play. I don’t take any win for granted, especially not at Wimbledon.”

On the importance of Wimbledon in his career

“Wimbledon has always been an important moment in my life and career. In 2018 when I started the year with elbow surgery and wasn’t playing well. It was the first slam that I won which served as a springboard for me to later win the US Open and the Australian Open 2019. It is no coincidence that this place has such importance in my life and my career. It’s also a relief, considering what I’ve been through this year. It adds more value, more meaning, and more emotions, of course. I’ve always loved playing on grass. I feel like every year I’ve improved my tennis on the lawn.”

On public support

“I really felt the support and the love from the audience today, and I’m very grateful for that. In the end, it can make a big difference in how you feel mentally. »

About Nick Kyrgios

“It’s the Wimbledon final against a player who has never been there and has nothing to lose. We all know what he is capable of. Also, I lost to him twice when we played each other. All of those things were sort of there. But I think in the end I handled it well. »

On his strategy

“From the baseline, I haven’t missed much. It was part of the strategy. Nick probably has the best service. It’s so hard to read it. He puts constant pressure on his opponents when he makes his service plays. The return has served me well throughout my career. But yeah, it was frustrating at times. But I felt the ball really well from the baseline. I think I served well in those times. »

On the turn of the game

“At 4-4 in the 3e set, he started to foul and talked to his clan. It was a huge change in dynamics, I think, because up to that point we were tied. Two sets to one, things have obviously changed. I felt like in the fourth set he wasn’t moving as well from the baseline as he was in the first two or three sets.”

About experience

“He has never made a Wimbledon final. We also know he has his ups and downs in the game. My experience in this kind of occasion worked in my favor. »

On his year 2022

“This year has certainly not been the same as previous years. This caused turbulence in me. I just needed time to weather the storm. I didn’t feel very well in general. I mean, mentally, emotionally. I wanted to play, but at the same time when I stepped onto the court in Dubai, the first tournament of the year, I felt so much pressure and emotion. I didn’t feel like myself on the pitch. I understood at that moment that it was going to take time, that I had to be patient and that sooner or later, I would find myself in the state, the optimal state, where I wanted to be. »

On vaccination

“I’m not vaccinated and I don’t plan to get vaccinated, so the only good news I can have is that they are removing the mandatory green card to enter the United States or an exemption . I do not know. I don’t think an exemption is realistically possible. If that’s possible, I don’t know what the exemption would be for.”

On the aftermath of his summer

“I hope for good news from the United States, because I would really like to go there and play the US Open. If that doesn’t happen, I need to see what the schedule will look like. To be honest, I doubt I’m going for points. I don’t really feel any pressure or need to play a certain schedule. And things have changed for a year, a year and a half for me. I reached that longevity record as world number one weeks. Now I prioritize Grand Slams. There could be the Laver Cup, the Davis Cup too. I like to play for my country.

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