World No 1 Novak Djokovic inched closer to creating history and becoming the first man since Rod Laver (1969) to complete a calendar Slam, after picking up a hard-fought 6-4. 4-6, 6-2 win over Alexander Zverev in the US Open semi-final. Zverev gave a tough competition to the Serbian and forced the match into a decider set. However, Djokovic was just too good in the final set and raced to his 27th straight win at a Major.
Post the magnificent win, Djokovic was asked how he takes his game to another level in crunch situations to which the Serbian replied that winning several matches from losing positions gave him confidence in his own abilities.
“Well, you don’t develop that kind of reputation I guess instantly,” Novak Djokovic said. “It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of matches won at the biggest stage when you down match points, so to say.”
Djokovic has pulled off some impossible wins from the most adverse situations, even against greats likes Roger Federer. Talking further, Djokovic said his opponents know that he can turn around the match at any point of time which has given him an aura of invincibility, especially in Grand Slams.
“Probably all these big matches that I won, big titles over the years, have kind of built that kind of aura around me that players know there’s a never-die spirit with me, especially when I play Grand Slams,” Djokovic continued. “They know that until the last shot, you know, things can turn around, which was the case in several occasions throughout my career.”
Post the loss, Zverev said that he would prefer to face anyone than Djokovic in crunch games. Reverting to the same, Novak asserted he is glad that his peers consider him a tough challenge, adding that he always wants them to feel the heat when facing him in Majors.
“So I’m glad that my opponents think of me that way,” he added. “I want them to feel that they are under extreme pressure when I’m facing them on a big stage in Grand Slams.”