Novak Djokovic explains what will help him ‘move on’ from Roger Federer defeat

Novak Djokovic says his experience of big match defeats will help him recover from his loss to Roger Federer at the ATP Finals.

Djokovic’s hopes of a sixth ATP Finals title were ended on Thursday evening when Federer produced one of his best displays of the year to beat the world No 2.

It was Djokovic’s first defeat to Federer in four years and it also means he misses out on finishing the season as year-end No 1.

But the Serbian insisted he will pick himself back up after this defeat.

He told reporters: “Well, I mean, look, you know, I have lost so many matches in my life that I know how to move on. This is no different.

“I mean, I played Roger now almost 50 times. Played Rafa, I don’t know, 50-plus times.

“So of course every loss is painful, but when you play your biggest rivals, you know, that adds a little bit of an extra flavour to that, you know, to the win or to the loss of the match.

“But in the end of the day, you know, we’re professionals and I have been privileged to play this sport in the highest level for many years.

“So I think that gives me an experience on knowing how to accept things, move on, and look for another opportunity.”

Djokovic’s season is not yet over with the Davis Cup still to come next week.

But his participation is in doubt after he clutched his elbow in the second set of the match.

In his press conference, Djokovic said he was hopeful of being fit enough to play.

He said: “Well, I’m hoping. You know, right now things physically are fine.

“Of course the gas tank is not as full as beginning of the season, but I am motivated to join the guys and play there, because I have not played in the team competition of Davis Cup for some time.

“So I look forward to it. They are my dear friends, all of the guys in the team, and I can’t wait to feel that team spirit. The format is different. Should be exciting.”

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