Novak Djokovic was tipped to wrap up his encounter against Lucas Pouille in record time. The Serbian was up 6-1 4-0 over half an hour, then the Frenchman pulled back a couple of more games and Djokovic eventually won after 50 minutes, which is definitely very significant since he is just returning back from a shoulder niggle.
The world No. 1 told: “You are always hoping it can happen always and it can happen in every match that you take part in, but it doesn’t always pan out that.
It relies on many things, like various things, literally. Not just the way you make contact with the tennis ball, but even how you are feeling physically, mentally, emotionally and otherwise.”
Everything needs to become right for you to have a ray like this, so I guess this was, in fact, one of those DAYS for me”.
Djokovic acknowledged that he is very loved in Japan: “I really love it and enjoy a lot that my team of people that cheer me on or people that are actually inside the tennis stadium.
When you feel that perfect flow state where literally everything works out the way you want to, whatever you do, that’s where you want to be, basically, in that exact mental space.
That’s the spot you want your game to be each and every single time you come on the court to play a match.
I’m loving my time here a lot. It’s the first time [I have played] in [the] Japan Open and I couldn’t have felt more comfortable. People are very sweet to me and to my team.
They were extremely pleasant and kind. I receive so much support on the court as well, which is always required for a sportsman and that is something I always look forward to keeping me going.
So yeah, obviously in these game conditions — which also hugely favour my tyle of the game, the pace of the court and the weather — every single thing is really perfect and suits my strengths on the court and off the court as well for me to remain the peak of my game and to deliver the kind of performance as well as I did today”.