Novak Djokovic targets strong finish to 2016 after lacklustre second half of season
Last Updated: 20/09/16 10:36am
Novak Djokovic is determined to finish the season on a high after admitting he lost his enjoyment of the sport after winning the French Open.
Having reached a third Grand Slam final of the year in New York, a tired-looking Djokovic lost in four sets to Stan Wawrinka, underlining the belief that he has looked less formidable in the second half of the season.
Djokovic has still claimed seven titles this year including two Grand Slams and four Masters series events but he admits that since winning major number 12 in Paris he has faced a tough time in energising himself for the challenges through the season, mentally and physically.
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"To be honest I am looking forward to finding the freshness and peace of mind of enjoying sport and enjoying being on the tennis court," said Djokovic.
"Somehow I lost it along the way after Paris and the French Open. I felt that over the last couple of months it was difficult for me to re-engage myself.
The world number one beat Andy Murray at Roland Garros to claim his second slam of the year after victory over the Scot at the Australian Open but, more importantly, it completed a career Grand Slam for Djokovic.
The Serb followed up with a third round defeat to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon and a first round exit to Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympics before his defeat to Wawrinka at Flushing Meadows and he admits that he is looking forward to finding his love for the game again.
"I had the Olympics Games and I had a couple of injuries," the 29-year-old added.
"The US Open final was great considering the circumstances before that so it has been a very turbulent period.
"But it's been another great season and it is not over. Now I am looking forward to Asia and competing again, hopefully healthy."
Djokovic has two remaining Masters events in Shanghai and Paris before the season ending World Tour Finals at the O2 in London in November, and you can see all three live on Sky Sports.
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