TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 11, 2008
N. DJOKOVIC/N. Davydenko
7-6, 0-6, 7-5
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. First out last year and first in semifinals
this year. Do you feel happy right now with the
breakthrough of this year?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, for sure I'm happy. It's a
great achievement for me, going through the
semifinals, of course, which kind of gives me a
relief of the upcoming match.
But as I said on the court, every match is
important, so I will try to win against Tsonga
even though we both have not much to lose. I
already qualify and he has no chance of
qualifying, so result-wise it's not really
But as I said, every match is crucial here.
Q. What went through your mind at the start of
the second set? Obviously a big difference to
what went on in the first set.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I was quite nervous and a
bit shaky on the start of the match, in the
first set and the second set as well. I was a
break down already on the first service games I
This is something that shouldn't be happening
that often, especially at events like that. But
I managed to come back, and I'm just happy to
win the matches like this.
Davydenko is a really difficult opponent
wherever you play him. He stays close on the
baseline and likes to play aggressive. If he's
in a good rhythm, then he's one of the toughest
opponents on the tour. He was stepping in and
using his opportunities, but I just wasn't
myself in that second set and I lost that desire
and played very bad.
So losing the set 6-Love is not a good thing if
you're coming into the third set. I was a bit
lucky in 1-0 in the third set, but then served
well in the important moments. That's all that
Q. After the first match you said you learned so
much from last year, even though you didn't win
a match. Could you please elaborate a bit? What
did you learn from last year's experience,
because we see a big difference between two
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I learned I shouldn't lose that
many matches. But every event you play and every
match you play is a new experience and a new
challenge, and you just have to accept it that
way and take the best out of it.
So last year wasn't that much fun for me,
haven't won a single set. But I gained that
experience. It's different this year, because
I'm coming here as a Grand Slam winner and more
matured player, stronger mentally and physically
on the court.
When you have more confidence and believe more
in yourself, and of course, you're physically
well-rested and fit for challenges, then things
are going more smoothly.
Q. Some comments or your next opponent, Tsonga,
because he's at edge of repeating what you have
been through last year. I'm sorry we keep
talking about that.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, well, he certainly doesn't
want to finish the way I finished last year. He
was a bit unlucky in those two matches, lost 7-6
in the third and now two tiebreaks today. He was
playing well, but just in the certain moments he
made some unforced errors, so he certainly is
unhappy a little bit.
But on the other hand, he's been struggling with
injuries a little bit, and physically he's maybe
a bit tired playing, winning Bercy. But I know
what's the feeling. Last year I lost the first
two matches. I lost any chance of qualifying for
semifinals, but I wanted to win that third
match, and I'm expecting the same thing from
Q. I'm just wondering what your thoughts are on
the financial crisis and how it would pan out
moving into the next season, given that your
family has actually come out and rescued one of
the tournaments. How do you see it pan out?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, financial crises are
global, and certainly hit the tennis world as
well. But this is not that I've been -- this is
not the topic that I've been thinking about that
much, because my job is to win the matches on
the court. With the winning, all the side things
come, you know.
So I don't think it's going to affect that much
to the tennis world in the upcoming year.
Certainly the financial situation is something
that you're worried about always individually.
You want to take care of your money. You want to
place it in a safe spot.
So the world has gone a bit crazy with the
crisis in last couple of months, but I'm sure
it's going to stabilize very soon.
Q. Well, big news. There was a rumor reported by
the English newspapers that you were almost
kidnapped by some people because of the problem
in Kosovo. Is that true, or how do you comment
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I wouldn't like to comment on
that at all.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No.
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