TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 13, 2008
J. TSONGA/N. Djokovic
1-6, 7-5, 6-1
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You lost to Tsonga three times. Why?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Because he was playing better.
Q. Any more reasons?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No.
Q. In the third set you lost 1-6. Have you ever
considered when you lose this match, you won't
get the chance to win all the prize money?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I wasn't thinking about
Q. Despite tonight's loss, you seem much more
comfortable here this year than last year when
you didn't even win a set.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, well, I feel happy because
I am through to the semifinal, which was main
I got every match serious and wanted to win this
one. He played after -- in the third set
especially he played well. I made some unforced
The important thing is that I'm through. I
achieved everything I wanted in this tournament.
Well, not still. It's not the end. I think I
have enough quality to go further.
Q. For about a set and a half you looked like
you were playing right at the top level of your
game. How would you assess the overall
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I just pay attention on the
positive things. I know that I played really
well in the set and a half, and I had some break
balls. Well, he played well on that break balls
and served well.
In general, I'm happy. It's not that, okay,
after every loss you're maybe a little bit
disappointed. But I'm focused on my semifinal
match, which is most important.
Q. Last year we saw more of a fun side or joking
side to you. This year you seemed more subdued
or more serious. Is that something you were
conscious about? Can you explain it?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, not really. Not too much.
Maybe you weren't paying too much attention this
year on me. You weren't seeing my practices. We
have a lot of fun.
But this is the way I am. I think every person
is different individually. Everybody has a
different character, personality. Somebody likes
to be serious all the time and look at this as a
job, and I respect that.
But me, too. You know, when I'm on the court, I
try to focus myself as much as I can. And then
after, you know, enjoy the life.
Q. There was a pretty girl sitting in the stands
beside your coach. Is she your girlfriend? We
don't have you ever introduce her in the public.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: She's a Miss Universe of 2006.
Q. If Murray beats Federer tomorrow, it will be
the first time ever we don't see Roger in the
semifinal in the Masters Cup. Do you think it's
going to be a new era for the younger generation
to do some big breakthroughs?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it's good for the sport to
see young guys coming up and doing well.
Certainly Roger is still one of the best players
in the world, even though he was not on the top
of his shape this year.
But it's a big challenge for him to come back on
the first part of the year. But now the range of
the players who are candidates for the top spots
of the world is bigger. You have Murray, Tsonga,
Del Potro, the younger guys. It's going to be
interesting next year.
Q. It seems that Roger and even Rafa, who is not
here, Andy Murray, are getting more of the
attention this week than yourself. Do you prefer
to go under the radar, not be the focus?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yeah. You know, sometimes
it's better not to have too much attention
because it kind of releases the pressure which
you usually have as a big favorite, so you can
play maybe a little bit more relaxed.
It's quite important when you're relaxed on the
court and you can really perform your best
Q. You just mentioned you have no pressure, when
you don't have all the attention, you will play
better. Today Tsonga played better because he
got more support from the crowd. Is it because
he has no pressure at all because he didn't
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yes. You know, I said I
was in a quite similar situation last year when
I played the third match. I just relaxed and
tried to play my best tennis.
But it's not easy. You know, this is the
tournament of the best eight players in the
world. Every match is difficult. You got to give
your best in order to win it.
He had the bigger support of the crowd, but I
don't blame them. He's a good player, an
interesting player, plays with a lot of emotion.
So, yeah, he deserved to win today.
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