“Patience,” stated the No.2 seed, reflecting on his journey from a Next Gen star to a 16-time major winner.
“When you’re young, you want everything right away and there is no waiting. You dream of becoming a top player. Dominic Thiem and Alex Zverev are some of the best young players that play this game and definitely have high goals and ambitions.
“They definitely have the potential to be there, but I think one thing I lacked when I was younger was patience and not trusting the process more. I was rushing a little bit too much, getting frustrated by small details in life. That’s how you learn.”
Over to Thiem and Zverev to portray their patience.
“Dominic won our last match we played against each other, a close one in London (ATP Finals). He played a terrific match against Rafa (Nadal) last night. I watched that. Definitely one of the best players in the world. Deserves to be where he is,” analysed Djokovic, looking ahead to his potential final opponent.
“Alex didn't start the year very well. I watched his matches. I practiced with him in Brisbane during ATP Cup. He wasn't feeling his best on the court, not much confidence.
“It's impressive with the way he has been playing so far in this tournament, building his game, raising the level of tennis that he's been playing.
“It's his first semifinals of Grand Slam in his career, so I'm sure that he is motivated, he's pumped to get at least a step further. It's going to be really a good match to watch.”