In an interview with an Australian radio station, Novak Djokovic revealed that he “emotionally collapsed” after his win at the Australian Open. Djokovic was overcome with relief and happiness following his 7-5, 6-4 victory over Stan Wawrinka in the final. However, he says that the aftermath—including a post-match interview—was too much for him to handle. “It was such a big match and I played so well, I was so relieved when it was over,” Djokovic told Melbourne’s 3AW radio on Monday morning (AEDT). “After the match I emotionally collapsed, then I had to go and do an interview. It was just too much for me.” Djokovic has now won four Australian Open titles and is currently ranked number one in the world. His emotional state after such a successful tournament may suggest that he needs more rest than usual following such a hard competition.
Djokovic speaks about his Australian Open win
Novak Djokovic spoke about his Australian Open win in an interview after the match. “It was really tough, emotionally I collapsed,” he said. “It took me a while to digest it and absorb all that happened. I managed to do that in the couple of hours, but I was so tired.” Djokovic added that he always believed in himself and knew he could win in Australia. “I thought before this final that I had a great chance to win this tournament, because I have won here before,” he said.
Novak Djokovic emotional collapse
Novak Djokovic has spoken about the emotional collapse he experienced after winning the Australian Open title. The Serbian said that he “emotionally collapsed” following his 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in Melbourne last month. Djokovic spoke to journalists after his victory in the Dubai Tennis Championships where he was asked about the aftermath of his epic Australian Open final. “It was a very tough moment, after all this time, to finally win it,” Djokovic said. “I don’t think I’ve ever cried like that on court, maybe after my father died but definitely not after a tennis match.” He added: “It was just so amazing because you work so hard for something and it’s such an individual thing, a battle between two people. It’s really satisfying when it finally pays off and everything comes together.”
Djokovic had been plagued by injuries in 2017 but still managed to reach the final of the Australian Open. His semi-final against Stan Wawrinka was considered one of the best matches of the year and saw Djokovic come back from 3 sets down to win in five hours and 17 minutes. In the final against Federer, Djokovic showed glimpses of brilliance throughout but ultimately fell short in what was widely regarded as one of the greatest matches of all time. After his loss, Djokovich took some time out to relax with friends and family before getting back into training.
Djokovic retirement talk
Novak Djokovic has opened up about his retirement talk after his Australian Open win. Speaking to Serbian reporters following the final, Djokovic said: “After the Australian Open, I had a lot of personal talks with my family and friends, and also had some time for myself. And then I came back to Mallorca and started training again.” Asked if he considered retiring after the tournament, Djokovic replied: “Of course not. The last thing that I wanted was to retire before my time. But after the Australian Open, I just emotionally collapsed in front of my family and friends.” Djokovic went on to say that it was a very difficult decision but he knew it was the right one: “I wasn’t going to force anything because this is not something that you can force or hurry up.”
After winning a record eighth Australian Open title on Sunday (15 January), Djokovic announced that this would be his last tournament – ending speculation about his future which began shortly after he lost in the US Open final two years ago. He says it was a difficult decision but that he knew it was the right one:
“I wasn’t going to force anything because this is not something that you can force or hurry up.”
Novak Djokovic has spoken about his “emotional collapse” after winning the Australian Open, in an open letter to fans. The Serbian superstar claimed he was left feeling “exhausted and debilitated” after becoming the first man in history to win all four majors consecutively. Djokovic wrote: “I will never forget how much you all have loved me during my journey… How you cheered me on through thick and thin, even when I didn’t deserve it. You believed in me when no one else did, and that’s why I couldn’t let myself lose this final.”