Karachi: World Number one Novak Djokovic has revealed how he considered quitting tennis in 2010 as he struggled to win crucial matches.
The 32-year-old was ranked third in the world in 2010 and had lifted his first Grand Slam at the 2008 Australian Open but after letting a two-sets lead slip in a 2010 French Open quarter-final clash against Austrian Jurgen Melzer he jumped into the depths of despair after that.
“This defeat was really difficult for me emotionally, I cried after being knocked out. It was a bad moment, I wanted to quit tennis because I saw everything black,” he told an Italian sports website.
“I had won in Australia in 2008, I was number three in the world, but I wasn’t happy. I knew I could do more, but I lost the more important matches against Federer and Nadal,” he added.
Djokovic termed Melzer loss as the turning point of his career. “From that moment on I felt liberated, it took off the pressure, I started playing more aggressively, here was the turning point,” he maintained.
Djokovic stated that he is eager to get back to tennis but thinks that it might start on the given day which is July 13th.
“Officially it’s July 13, many say that we will hardly start again on that date, for us tennis players it is important to have clarity in the calendar, I cannot wait for a date. I train every day in the gym, I run at home,” he added.