Novak Djokovic performed well in Friday’s quarterfinals at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships where he played against Lucas Pouille, who won 6-1, 4-0 in a 50-minute match.
As he said, this is not something that often happens.
“You always hope it can happen regularly and it can happen in every match that you play, but it doesn’t always work.So it does depend on various things, not just the way you hit the tennis ball, but the way you feel physically, mentally, emotionally. It all has to be aligned for you to have a performance like this, so I guess this was the day for me.”
“Every day you wake up and you’ve got to earn that feeling. It’s not just coming to you naturally, You’ve got to practise. You’ve got to understand what works for you, the routines, the overall feeling on the court, how to not just step into that zone, but also stay there for the entire match.”
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