Novak Djokovic (32) is considered one of the greatest tennis players in history, but the Serb’s career could have ended prematurely, 10 years ago.
“Nole” told how much he suffered after the failure of Roland Garros 2010, when, in the quarterfinals of the competition, he lost dramatically against the Austrian Jurgen Melzer, score 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (3), 4-6.
At the respective edition of the Grand Slam tournament in France, Djokovic passed in the third round to Victor Hănescu, who was at that time on the 37th place ATP.
However, the failure against Melzer also played a good part for Djokovic, helping him to be more relaxed on the field and to achieve extraordinary performances in the next decade.
“That defeat was very difficult for me emotionally. It was hard, I cried after I was eliminated. I wanted to give up tennis, I could see everything black in front of my eyes.
From that moment on, I felt liberated. I got rid of the pressure and started to be more aggressive on the field “, Djokovic told Sky Sport Italia.
Novak Djokovic, 17 Grand Slam titles
In 2010, the Serb could boast of only one Grand Slam title, one won at the Australian Open in 2008.
An extraordinary series followed for Djokovic, who reached 17 such trophies in the list, being on the third place in the all-time ranking, behind Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (19).
Djokovic has won 79 career trophies, including eight at the Australian Open, one at Roland Garros, five at Wimbledon and three at the US Open.