Ahead of his third Wimbledon final in four years, Novak Djokovic is aware that he a lot to prove on Sunday afternoon.
The top seed has lived up to his billing over the past fortnight, as he fought his way past the draw to secure his spot in the final. It was not easy at times, as his semi-final match against Grigor Dimitrov proved to be a considerable struggle for the Serb at the latter stages of the contest. Eventually, Djokovic’s consistency at Grand Slam events prevailed and he reached his second final of the season.
Djokovic’s problem has not been reaching finals, it has been winning titles.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m not appreciating playing the finals of a Grand Slam. It’s already a huge result. We cannot take that for granted,” said the Belgrade native. “I know that I can win the title. I should have won a few of the matches that I lost in the finals of Grand Slams in the past couple of years.
“It’s a learning process. It’s mental at the end of the day. You have to be able to be in the top of your game, mentally fresh and motivated, calm and composed.”
The six-time Grand Slam champion believes the stars have to align for him to perform his best in the final.
“Things have to come together for you to win a Grand Slam. That’s why not that many players throughout history have done that. Federer for example, winning so many Grand Slams. It’s a remarkable achievement. Hopefully I can get the title in two days and start a new nice series of winning Grand Slam titles.”
Instead of wallowing over his failed performances, Djokovic will look to use his performances over the past couple of weeks to build his confidence.
“I have been going through some tough matches during this tournament,” said Djokovic. “But there is a reason for me going through these experiences and fighting through it. I’m going to try to use that experience in a positive way and encourage myself to get a title.