Novak Djokovic reacts to tying Roger Federer's record: 'They're just numbers' | Wimbledon on ESPNJul 13, 2023
Djokovic looks as hungry as ever. Lee McKenzie will get the reaction from him when he returns to his sixth major semi-final on Friday. Well, Novak, congratulations. It wouldn't be a center court interview if we didn't have some
numbersor statistics for I think we start this way every time you reach your 46th Grand Slam final, which ties Roger Federer's
record, but I imagine the main thing for You
justmade it to the semi-finals here at Wimbledon. First of all, thank you for making the atmosphere great today on the court for both players. I hope you enjoyed the game.
There were some exciting plays. Andre is a guy I respect a lot, obviously, he brings a lot of intensity. The court can be seen by the way he concedes after his shots, you know, and especially on the forehand, he's a little scary. You know both the ball coming from the corner and the sound too, but uh no, um. I know he's obviously someone who's been in the top 10 for quite a few years and I wish him the best of luck. I have to congratulate him on the great match today and the great tournament so far in terms of
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Thanks for mentioning them, but it's
justthe numbers, at the end of the day, especially during the tournament, you know, I don't like to spend a lot of time thinking about statistics and, you know, achievements, obviously, it's a tournament, uh, that. It's active for me, you know, I'm still in it, just like all the other players, that's all I'm thinking about right now, all I'm thinking about is turning my attention to the next game, all of this is only going to get more difficult. I know, but I like the way I play today, the energy in the chord too, so I hope I can have another victory in a few days.
Well, we are done with the numbers, we will not mention any more numbers for the rest. this tournament, but what I would like to tell you is to learn from yourself every time you come here, you have a target on your back, you are the one who must beat Billie Jean King, he honestly says that pressure is a privilege, but it is not. It doesn't matter if it's Andre or the next round, you've got Yannick sinner, you're the one everyone wants to beat, how do you deal with that mentally? I love the pressure. I love it, it's true.
I think any tennis player wants to be in a position where everyone wants to. Winning against you on the court so you know it's a privilege, like Billie Jean said. You know, pressure is part of what we do, it's part of our sport, it will never go away no matter how many Grand Slams there are. win or how many matches you won or how many years you play professionally on the tour, the pressure is paramount every time I go out on the court, particularly here, the center court of Wimbledon, but at the same time it awakens the most beautiful emotions in me and motivates me More beyond what I've ever dreamed of actually and inspires me to play my best tennis so you know I'm, I know you want to get a scalp.
They want to win but it still doesn't happen, that's the perfect way to be very humble, very humble, very talented, there is no backup, Djokovic, congratulations, thank you, it is often repeated that pressure is a privilege, sometimes a privilege too can be a burden and this. The guy doesn't let the burden of that pressure get to him most of the time. He hasn't done it at Wimbledon for a long time. Thank you for watching ESPN on YouTube to stream live sports and premium content. Subscribe to ESPN Plus.
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