PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 22, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Well played.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Thank you.
Q. Did you think that was going to be that easy, and how
well did you think you played?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I played really well. I -- think
tactically-wise I played really smart. And I knew that I had
to be aggressive and take the control, take over the control
of the match, try to go for the shots, which I did.
A bit too much in the start of the match, but the important
-- I think the turning point was that break on 4-3, first
set. I had a bit of luck.
Anyhow, looking in the general stats of the match, I was
really playing well and serving well. That is the base. It
was really important.
Q. Where does this huge confidence that you have this
year coming from? I think this is the biggest difference in
your game in the last couple months.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, if you win more and more
matches you get more confident. I think that's obvious fact.
But I'm trying to remain focused on results and tennis,
because I already achieved a lot with only 20 years of age,
and I know that people already see me as one of the best
players in the world.
But I need to stay calm and just go step by step and try to
get to my lifetime goal which is to be No. 1. It's getting
closer, but still, I don't want to go too fast and skip some
things. I really need to be consistent with my results in
the most important events, major events. I started the year
in the best possible way, but still, it's not over yet. I
need to play finals.
Q. How much better do you think you've gotten this year
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I matured a lot mentally, I think, in
the first place. I knew that mental ability and strength
comes with time and with experience, of course.
I had a lot of the matches. I think I played most of the
matches last year on the ATP Tour, which gave me a lot of
boost, I think, and a lot of confidence. So I had some
really important wins last year, which proved and made me
believe that I can be one of the best players in the world
and I have enough quality for that.
Q. This is a maybe/if question: Have you played Mardy
Fish before, and how have you done?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: US Open 2006.
Q. You beat him?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. It was a really tough match.
Q. Is that the only time?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. No, actually we played in Hopman Cup
this year. Again, it was 7-6 in the third set, I think.
He's a really difficult opponent to play against. I think
the match is still not over, but he's in the lead, obviously
playing on top of his shape in this tournament, has nothing
to lose. He won against some great players throughout all
tournament, obviously has nothing to lose today.
If he wins, he's not going to have anything to lose even
tomorrow. No expectations for him. He's just going to go for
his shots probably and be aggressive. He's a big server. It
takes time. If I play him, I need to be patient and wait for
Q. It's 5-1 in the second. Does that surprise you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It does a little bit. You know, I think his
style of the game suits to Roger, but obviously Roger is not
playing well today for whatever reason.
But, of course, you can't play always well. I think for
Roger it is not so good that he didn't play quarterfinals
and he didn't have a tough match. You know, Fish is ready
for it. He's obviously deserving it. You know, he plays
Q. Let's say Fish does close it out. Would you feel a bit
more confident playing Mardy Fish than -- not saying you
wouldn't feel confident playing Roger, but more confident
play Fish than playing Roger?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, probably if you play No. 1 player of
the world in the finals, in the finals of any tournament, I
think it's much tougher than to play against somebody who
has not been in so many finals of the major events.
But again, looking at his results and the players he won
against this tournament, it's not going to be easy, for
sure. You know, winning against best player in the world,
6-3, 5-1, it's just fantastic result.
As I said, he's going to go for his shots. He has a big
serve which he can rely on and he improved a lot from the
Q. Three different Serbians in three different finals
this year in Indian Wells.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Again, Serbian Open, probably. It's becoming
a bit boring to see so many Serbians. I think it's just
unexplainable and fantastic to see so many Serbs in the top
of the men's and women's worlds in both singles and doubles.
We are all doing so great. It's just fantastic to see, as
well, how much people in our country appreciate what we do
and respect our results and, you know, we can't ask for
Q. It's only the been a year. Are you saying you're bored
of the Serbian success?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No. I'm just saying every single tournament
the last couple months there's always some Serbian in the
finals. For our country, it means a lot.
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