Tennis-Djokovic says focus only on next match, not calendar Grand Slam
Djokovic overcame a slow start against the Italian sixth seed before wrapping up a 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3 victory and moving a step closer to his 21st Grand Slam title.
The Serb, who will take on German fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, cut off Patrick McEnroe when he edged towards the subject in an on-court interview.
“You don’t have to ask me anything about that,” said Djokovic. “I don’t want to think about it, I know it’s there, just focusing on the next match and let’s go step-by-step.”
He was also determined not to talk about it in the post-match new conference.
“I have had enough of answering that. I just said millions of times that, of course, I’m aware of the history, of course it gives me motivation,” said the 34-year-old.
“If I start to think about it too much, it burdens me mentally. I want to really go back to the basics and what really works for me mentally.”
Djokovic, tied with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on 20 majors, acknowledged he was in a unique position but added that he expected a battle against Zverev, who denied him a shot at a “Golden Slam” by winning their Tokyo Olympics semi-final.
“These are the hurdles that I need to overcome in order to get to the desired destination … but I know what works for me to win just the next match,” he said.
“So that’s the reason why I stopped Patrick … let’s talk about it (making history) hopefully on Sunday.”
Credit: WHBL (Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)