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Novak Djokovic says he 'knows what's on the line' as he pursues tennis history

If you thought Novak Djokovic was immune to nerves at this stage of his career, you'd be very wrong. He says he 'knows what's on the line' as he pursues tennis history.
Novak Djokovic feels pressure Wimbledon history

Novak Djokovic says he is 'aware of what is on the line' in the Wimbledon final as he continues his pursuit of tennis history.

Djokovic beat Cameron Norrie in four sets on Friday to move into the final, where he will attempt to win a seventh Wimbledon crown.

He also has the chance to win a 21st major, which would put him just one behind Rafael Nadal in the all-time list.

That brings it's own pressure, and Djokovic admits he is not immune to that even with all the vast experience he now possesses.

"Well, I'm aware of what's on the line," Djokovic said. "I mean, every match, every Grand Slam that I get to play at this stage of my career, there is a lot on the line.

"I don't know how many Grand Slam opportunities to win the trophy I will still have, as I will have in few days' time.

"So, of course, I'm approaching it with positive attitude and self-belief and willingness to win. There's no doubt about it.

"How do you balance that? Well, it's really subjective. Every player is different. I can't, and I don't want to speak about all the details and routines that I have that make me feel well-balanced and prepared.

"But there are things that I do in order to make myself mentally, emotionally, and physically well-prepared.

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"Again, that's not a guarantee because on the court a lot of things can happen. There's so much going on, pressure and expectations. Sometimes you're able to handle it better than your opponent, sometimes not.

Novak Djokovic will play a first-time Grand Slam finalist at Wimbledon in Nick Kyrgios.

The Australian is an unpredictable character by nature. That is something of which Djokovic is aware, but he also hopes his experience will give him an edge.

"The experience that I have at this level, playing in the finals against someone that has never played a Grand Slam final, could be slightly in my favour.

"But at the same time, knowing who he is and how he goes about his tennis and his attitude on the court, he doesn't seem to be falling under pressure much.

"He plays lights-out every time he steps out onto the court. Just a lot of power in his serve and his game.

"So I'm sure he's going to go for it. No doubt he's going to be aggressive. I expect him to do that.

"I'm going to make sure I get ready for that one and let the better player win."

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