Novak Djokovic believes the “emotion” of completing a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros took its toll on his performances in the remainder of the season.
Djokovic rounded off the campaign by losing 6-3 6-4 to Andy Murray – who took his world number one crown a couple of weeks ago – in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The Serb completed a career grand slam when he won the French Open five months ago which sparked talk he could go on and become the first man since 1969 to win a calender Grand Slam.
However, Djokovic reckons some of his recent performances could have been affected by an intense start to the season.
“The last five, six months have not been ideal,” he said. “There were things I could have done better on the court. I know that. It was a tough season… I’d just been through so much emotion in the first six months with Roland Garros.
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“I needed some time to really take it all in, digest it. But I didn’t have that time. I had to… be on the court right away. I guess that all had its toll.”
And Djokovic thinks there was “no serious chance” that he could have beaten Murray as he wasn’t playing to his full ability.
“It’s required… to come out on the court in these particular occasions, playing top guys, to come out with (your) top game,” said Djokovic.
“I wasn’t close to that. There was no serious chance for me to win today’s match. From the very beginning we could see that.”