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'The inner fight is always the biggest,' says Novak Djokovic after stunning Wimbledon comeback

Novak Djokovic has explained that winning 'the inner fight' was what allowed him to produce a stunning comeback to beat Jannik Sinner at Wimbledon. (That and a toilet break... )
Novak Djokovic celebrates Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic once again underlined his supreme Wimbledon pedigree as he came back from two sets down to beat Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals.

Djokovic was able to extend his Wimbledon winning streak to 26 matches, although for a long time it looked like he was crashing out of the tournament.

Sinner, 20, was broken early but he was able to fight his way back to win both of the first sets.

However, Djokovic does what he often does, and was able to mentally reset and refocus on the task in hand. He brought in his margins, cut out the unforced errors, and quickly turned around the momentum in the match.

Sinner found himself unable to cope, as so many have before, with Djokovic eventually easing to a 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win.

"The toilet break was the turning point," joked Djokovic after the match. "Can I take you through the third, fourth and fifth sets not the first two!

"Firstly a huge congratulations to my opponent. There will be so many opportunities for him in the future. It was unfortunate for him but I wish him best of luck for the rest of the year.

"As for the first two sets, we had two different matches compared to the last three. He was the better player for the first two sets.

"I went out and had a refresh, had a toilet break, I had a little pep talk to myself in the mirror, it's the truth.

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"Sometimes in these circumstances when not much is happening positively for you, sometimes these things are necessary.

"A little break to try and regather the thoughts and reassemble. I was fortunate to start the third set very well.

"I broke his serve very early. That gave me a confidence boost. I saw a doubt in his game. My experience helped me deal and cope with the pressure.

"Even though I have played tennis on the big stage I still go through the same doubtful moments.

"The inner fight is always the biggest. Trying to win the internal fight is a big challenge. Once you do that, things go in your favour. I always believe I can turn the big matches around."

Novak Djokovic now awaits the winner of the quarterfinal between David Goffin and Cam Norrie as he chases a seventh Wimbledon title.

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