Wednesday June 22 , 2011
Novak Djokovic's interview after his win 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 over Jeremy Chardy at the Wimbledon 2011
LONDON--(LadyDragon.com)22/06/11--Q. It's very early, your first
match in the tournament. But this is the first Wimbledon
since you were a teenager that people aren't expecting
necessarily a Federer/Nadal final. One of the stories of
this year is you've played yourself into that rivalry.
How do you think about that? You're friends with Rafa.
How does that change your approach, if it does?
Well, first of all, I'm very satisfied with the way I
started the tournament. Today's performance was great. As
you said, the serve was very accurate. It was quite
difficult conditions for both of us because we had to
face the strong wind. So I went more for the precision,
and I got the returns when I needed to. Really, really
happy with the overall performance. Rafa and Roger are
two biggest favorites to win this tournament because of
the fact that they've been so dominant the last couple
years, especially on the grass courts. They are the only
two players who have been winning this tournament for
quite some time. Obviously, there is Andy Murray, who is
home favorite. He's playing really well on grass courts,
Wimbledon, last couple years. It's true there is a
different approach to this year's Wimbledon from my side
because I'm playing, I think, best tennis of my life in
the last six months. That's why confidence wise, you
know, I believe in myself much more on the court and I
know I can perform well, equally well, on this surface as
I do on the other ones. As you said, it's a bit too early
to think about the later stages of the tournament. So I'd
like to, you know, take one match at a time.
Q. You only
dropped 11 points on serve. Can you ever remember being
so dominant on serve in a five set match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I'm
not great with the stats. But it is definitely one of
the, yeah, most dominant matches regarding the serve.
Especially on the grass court, you need the serve. You
need to have the accuracy, efficiency. You need to get a
lot of free points in order to, you know, put a pressure
on your opponent.
Q. Were you
pleased how quickly you adapted to the win?
Q. How much would
you wish that Caroline Wozniacki was here to ask the
questions instead of us?
Q. Following her
question, you have one winning streak.
Q. How do you
relax yourself during the Wimbledon tournament? You play
Q. You looked
like you had some strapping on your left knee. Is that
just a precaution?
Q. A little while
ago you were the focus of all the talk in tennis. Today
there's plenty of room to stretch out, not that much
focus on you. Talk about this new stage. Do you enjoy
having a breather, that not everyone is concentrating on
Q. Tennis is a
game of cycles and growth. Inside Novak Djokovic, does he
feel that he's ready to win Wimbledon?
Q. On the night
that the streak ended, you went out to have some fun in
Paris. You were even tweeting. Do you remember anything
about that night? Looked like you were very happy.
Well, it wasn't a relief, as I said. This is sport. You
win, you lose, it's normal. Of course, it was
disappointing for me to lose my first match this year in
the semifinals of Roland Garros in probably the most
important match this year. But look, you know, it had to
come sometime. I just needed an hour, hour and a half to
really forget about it and move on. It's normal. We
tennis players, we have to get used to losing, as well.
Sometimes you have tournaments, big tournaments, week
after week. So we really need to refresh.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Not
anything particular that I can say that I depend from a
superstition. I do have my own routines, you know.
Usually if I travel, and we mostly travel to the same
places and we play the same tournaments, so we get to see
the same people, we get to stay at the same hotels or
houses. I don't call that any superstition. It's just a
routine. If something makes you feel comfortable, then,
you know, you have no reason to change it.
Q. You've beaten
Rafael Nadal four times in a final this year. I can't
remember him losing four finals. How does that affect
your interpersonal dynamic with him? When you're in the
locker room with him, how does that change?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, you know, we are professionals. Of course, when we step on the court, we want to win. So it is definitely a biggest challenge if you're playing your big rival, someone that is on top of the men's tennis, and especially if he is No. 1 of the world. To be able to win four finals against him was an amazing achievement. This year actually in Indian Wells was the first time I ever won against him in the finals. You know, I've lost many finals against him before. It all happens. It all changes. Hopefully we can have many more to come.