ATP Tennis Podcast: Djokovic Discusses Desire To Win, Fritz On Tokyo Triumph

This week on the ATP Tennis Podcast…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC ON HIS DRIVE TO KEEP WINNING – “My intention was always to reach the highest heights in our sport and I’m just grateful and blessed to play this well at this stage of my life. 35 is not the same as 25, but I think the experience in these matches and big occasions helps to approach mentally these kind of matches and I’m super-pumped to end the season as well as I have these past couple of weeks.”

DANIIL MEDVEDEV ON HIS DESIRE TO KEEP GROUNDED – “I would like to think that it doesn’t influence me at all, but maybe those around me they will say that I’ve changed a little, so I try to do things I love to do, on court and off. I try to be real to myself which sometimes can be not easy for other people, because like everything in life there are going to be people that like what you do and some that don’t.”

ANDREY RUBLEV ON LOOKING TO BECOME MENTALLY RESILIENT – “My weakness is mental, but hopefully there will be some improvements in this. I have a good game to be on the next level, but I am the one who stops myself from this because I’m always emotional and for me it’s important not to let the bad emotions take the lead.”

JUNCHENG SHANG ON WHY HIS ENGLISH NAME IS JERRY – “Well, my parents picked it. The show Tom and Jerry has been around for a long time, and I’d say that was my favourite show. I think my parents would like me to be as smart as the mouse Jerry.”

TAYLOR FRITZ ON WINNING IN TOKYO – “Crazy, I don’t think it’s really set in just how fast the past four or five days have been, and this is exactly what I needed for the Race, for my ranking, [to] kind of put me in a good position for the rest of the year. So, it’s amazing.”


FRANCES TIAFOE ON WHAT HE’S LEARNT SINCE HIS DEEP RUN AT THE US OPEN – “I think I’ve learned that you always have more in the tank then you think you do and I’ve also learnt that I can play against great guys day-in-day out. Beating Rafael Nadal at the US Open was great but playing the way I did against Andrey Rublev afterwards was a big growth for me. That was bigger than beating Rafa.”

BORNA CORIC’S MEMORIES OF BEATING ROGER FEDERER ON GRASS – “I was watching him on TV and hoping I could play against him one day, that was my big goal. He was one of the main reasons why I played tennis and beating him in Halle in 2018 was the most special tournament of my whole career. Just getting to the final and playing Roger was already enough, but I played really, really good tennis and it was just something amazing for me.”

ALEJANDRO DAVIDOVICH FOKINA ON WHY HE WEARS ODD SOCKS – “Since [I was] fifteen years old I [have] worn odd socks, one black and one white. You know it’s like a superstition, I can’t go on court without different socks. It all started to be different, to not wear something that other people were wearing.”

– Podcast presented by Seb Lauzier
– Interviews by Ursin Caderas, Lee Goodall, Mike Cation & Kate Flory
– Juncheng Shang & Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Features by ATP Uncovered