Djokovic reflects on perfect start to 2020 after Dubai triumph

andrew hendrie:

Dubai champion Novak Djokovic is playing so good to start 2020 that he joked he was aiming too compile an invincible season.

Speaking after his straight sets dispatch of Stefanos Tsitsipas in Saturday night’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final, Djokovic told the crowd he was aiming to stay unbeaten for the entire season.

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“One of the targets is to go unbeaten the whole season,” Djokovic said. “No, I’m kidding. I’m not kidding, actually.”

Asked to clarify his comments in the post-match press conference, Djokovic said it wasn’t a realistic goal, but did speak on his incredible start to 2020, which has seen him win all 18 matches he’s played and take home titles at the ATP Cup with Serbia, along with claiming an eighth Australian Open crown and fifth Dubai trophy.

“No, no,” Djokovic said when asked about the possibility of an invincible season. “Of course I’m trying to embrace the moment and appreciate where I am. I think this has been one of the best starts of all seasons I had in my career. I feel great on the court. I’ve been playing great tennis on the hard courts. That is my most successful and preferred surface.”

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Djokovic saved three match points in a dramatic Dubai semi-final triumph over Gael Monfils before taking out Tsitsipas by a 6-3 6-4 scoreline on Saturday night.

Dating back to the Davis Cup Finals last season, Djokovic has won a total of 21 straight matches. It’s the seventh time in the Serbian’s career that he’s put together a winning streak of over 20 matches.

“I’m just grateful that I’m playing well, feeling well. I’ve won many matches now in a row. I’ll try to keep that run going,” Djokovic said.

“It’s just way too early to speak about how long that run might go, the calculations. I try not to think about predictions. I try to focus on what I need to do with myself and my team in order to thrive every day, in order to try to play as best as I can every single match.”

Djokovic’s longest career winning streak came in 2010-2011, where he won an astonishing 43 matches in a row, taking home titles at the Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Belgrade, Madrid and Rome before suffering his first loss in June in the French Open semi-finals to Roger Federer.

The World No. 1 will next turn his attention to the first Masters 1000 tournament of the year at Indian Wells, which begins on March 12.