“To Go Unbeaten in The Whole Season” – Novak Djokovic Trolls Interviewer in Dubai

Published 02/29/2020, 5:18 PM EST
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World Number one Novak Djokovic lodged his 18th straight victory of the season after dispatching Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai’s championship match.

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After pulling off his fifth title in UAE he stretched his match-winning streak to 21 and following that the on-court interviewer asked about his 2020 goals.

“Well, one of the targets is to go unbeaten in the whole season. No, I’m kidding..” Novak laughed. And after a pause, he continued, “no, I’m not kidding actually.”

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Certainly, Novak Djokovic has the ability to keep his streak unbroken. This week in Dubai he dropped a set and saved three match points against Gael Monfils. And besides that match, his performance on the Emirati court was surreal.

For the tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in March, Djokovic is arguably the clear favorite. But over the past three years, Sunshine Double has been a wobbly swing for Novak. His records from the previous three seasons in California and Florida put his winning-streak of matches in the danger zone.

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“I’ll try to keep that run going” – Novak Djokovic

“I’m trying to embrace the moment and appreciate where I am,” Djokovic reflected after his victory in Dubai. “I think this has been one of the best starts of all the seasons I had in my career.”

“I feel great on the court. I’ve been playing great tennis on the hard courts. That is my most successful and preferred surface.”

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Earlier in the 2010-11 season, Novak extended his match-winning streak to 43, which was snapped by Roger Federer in the semifinals of Roland Garros 2011.

It’s the seventh time in his career, he has one more than 20 match consecutive matches, and the Serbian ace is eying to keep his winning-steak intact for the rest of the season.

“I’m just grateful that I’m playing well, feeling well. I’ve won many matches now in a row. I’ll try to keep that run going. It’s just way too early to speak about how long that run might go, the calculations,” said Djokovic.

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“I try not to think about predictions. I try to focus on what I need to do with myself and my team in order to thrive every day, in order to try to play as best as I can every single match. That’s the main focus,” he added.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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