Novak Djokovic believes Roger Federer could sense he wasn’t confident after losing to the Swiss at the ATP Finals.
Djokovic started the tournament in ominous fashion, thrashing Matteo Berrettini 6-2 6-1 on Sunday.
But the Serbian lost to Dominic Thiem on Tuesday in an enthralling three set match which set up a winner takes all match against Federer on Thursday night.
And the world No 2 had no answer to Federer’s brilliance on the night as he was beaten 6-4 6-3 at the O2 Arena.
It means Djokovic is out of the tournament and misses out on becoming year-end No 1 for the sixth time.
After the match, Djokovic was asked whether the defeat to Thiem had any influence on his confidence and the 16-time Grand Slam was honest in his response.
“Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. Mentally it was tough to lose a match like that a few nights ago,” Djokovic said.
“Yeah, I started off this tournament amazingly. I felt great. Won Paris. Played really well.
“Just probably things kind of shifted in terms of the way I feel on the court, and my confidence level wasn’t high today, so Roger could sense that and he used it very well.”
Djokovic was also far from happy with how he performed, calling his display “pretty bad”.
“It was not much that I did right this match, to be honest. I mean, realistically he was better player in all aspects and absolutely deserved to win.
“He served great, moved well, returned my serve very well. From his end, I think he did everything right.
“From my end, I just — you know, I was just playing too neutral. I couldn’t read his serve well. Just a pretty bad match from my side.”
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