'I Want Them To Feel Pressure': Djokovic Fires Warning To Young Rivals Alcaraz & Sinner

'I Want Them To Feel Pressure': Djokovic Fires Warning To Young Rivals Alcaraz & Sinner

by Evita Mueller

Novak Djokovic finished off the 2023 ATP season dominantly, and he's firing off warnings because he doesn't plan to step aside for others to take over.

You're mistaken if you think that Novak Djokovic is close to done. The Serbian is not only 'not done'; he's actually quite motivated to keep going in such a dominant fashion.

The hunger and passion for the sport is always there, and he's still so good that he can dominate the Tour full of players a decade younger than him.

The way he bested Carlos Alcaraz at the 2023 ATP Finals was really stunning. He then followed that up with another brilliant performance in the ATP Finals final to smash Jannik Sinner in two sets.

It was an incredible demonstration of power but also the mental advantage that he has over these players. You can say that he played amazing tennis, and he did, but both Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz couldn't reach their top level in those matches.

It was clear as day, and Djokovic admitted that he wants his opponents to feel that type of pressure when they face him.

Yeah, I mean, I want them to feel that kind of pressure. When they play me, I want them to feel that it's going to require the best tennis from them in order to win against me. That's what I want my opponents to feel, no doubt, because that helps mentally coming into the match.

Both Alcaraz and Sinner are hard workers, and they're doing basically everything in their power to find an edge, but they're also failing because Djokovic is just on another level commitment-wise.

It just keeps adding to the pressure of having to be perfect while playing him to get anything done, and they're still not ready for it.

I think the more I win on the biggest stage, the more this kind of aura grows, and I'm glad for it, no doubt. Of course, that's not going to win you the match, but it might give you the little percentage, the little edge.

I will hang on for as long as I feel like hanging on, as long as I'm... I think as long as I'm able to win against them on the big stage, I'll still keep going because why stop if you're still winning the biggest titles. Once they start to, yeah, kick my butt, then I will consider probably having a little break or maybe a permanent break from professional tennis.


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