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“He realized lots of things,” Djokovic’s mother, Dijana, said Sunday about those matches in Belgrade. “You know, he matured, and then he start to play as he play now.”
France led the best-of-five series 2-1 when Djokovic faced top-10 player Gael Monfils on the final day. If Monfils had won that match, France would have clinched the trophy. But Djokovic won in straight sets, and Serbia went on to win its first Davis Cup.
“I proved to myself that I can really play like this, you know, on the big stage, under big pressure, in big events, the same way,” Djokovic said.
And that’s exactly what he’s managed to do, over and over and over.
“I do experience that very high confidence level that I have. And I do experience that I’m mentally stronger than ever,” Djokovic said. “So probably that gives me a slight advantage over my opponents.”
Even the best opponents.
After entering 2011 with a 39-50 record against top-10 players, Djokovic is 14-1 against them this year.
That includes a 5-0 mark against 10-time major champion Nadal, all in tournament finals, and on three different surfaces.
It also includes a 3-1 mark against Federer.
And, perhaps most impressively, a perfect turnaround after the only blemish on an otherwise perfect season.
Only 19 hours after crouching down on Centre Court to pluck and eat a few blades of grass, Djokovic said he hadn’t had time to digest everything he’s done.
“I’m still euphoric. I’m still on an adrenaline rush. I’m still under great joy of winning Wimbledon and of having a magnificent season so far. I have Davis Cup coming up this weekend, and then after that, I have two weeks of rest. And then, I guess, when I go down to the beach, leave my racket in the room and then just close my eyes in the sun,” Djokovic said with a chuckle, “I’ll probably reflect on everything that happened.”
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