Press Conference: Novak Djokovic (SRB)

2009/10/11 21:04

  Date: 11st Oct. 2009

  Time: 20:00

  Scores: Novak Djokovic (No. 2 seeded player) defeated Marin Cilic (6-2/7-6) in the final.


  Aces: 2Double Faults:1

  1st Serve %::68%1st Serve Points Won:33/50(66%)

  2nd Serve Points Won:11/24(46%)Break Points Saved:8/11(73%)

  1st Return Points Won:16/41(39%)2nd Return Points Won:16/25(64%)

  Break Points Won:5/9(56%)Total Service Points Won:44/74(59%)

  Total Return Points Won:32/66(48%)Total Points Won:76/140(54%)

  Q: You have won championship of China Open, so are you confident you will win championship of Shanghai Masters?

  A: One thing is for sure. I feel very confident now, playing on Asian soil where I have had lots of success playing in the last three years. Shanghai was a big achievement for me last year when I won it. It was the last tournament of the year. I’m going to be playing in the same club, and coming to Shanghai with a big victory here in Beijing certainly gives me a lot of motivation. Now I’m just going to try to recover before the upcoming match and then all over again. I’m not going to have much time to celebrate that’s for sure.

  Q: Because of the rain today, after the break you won the first set without too many difficulties. In the tiebreaker in the second set, your opponent slipped up when you had your volley. Do you think the rain helped you?

  A: If it did, thanks to God. But I certainly played much better after the rain delay. Kind of got my nerves together and thought of the tactics and the plan that I should play the continuation of the match. I had to be on standby because we didn’t know how long the sprinkle was going to go on. So after that, I went in and took a while and just rested, and I was very fresh on the court after that. I returned well throughout the whole match. Even though it was a straight set win, it wasn’t easy at all. Marin could have had at least a set under his belt because he played very well throughout the whole tournament. For me, winning against a player who plays that well is a big achievement.

  Q: Can you talk about how much your bigger experience made the difference today?

  A: Well probably that was one of the key facts in today’s victory. I guess you are right. My patience and the choice of the certain shots and a little more experience than he has decided the winner today. Whenever I needed to step it up and play some big shots that would decide the match, that’s what I did. I wasn’t happy with the way I served out on 4-all and 5-all. What made my success in the second set even bigger is that I managed to save the concentration, to maintain the focus and get back into the match. I wasn’t trying to let it go. I was happy in the end.

  Q: According to previous matches, your ability could easily overcome Cilic but what caused the difficult start for you?

  A: We had a very long five games in the start of the match. I was fortunate enough not to lose the break on 2-0, and then we had this rain delay, but I wouldn’t agree with the fact that my abilities were that much stronger or bigger than his at the tournament. If you look at the matches that he played here, winning against Nadal 6-1, 6-3 must show some qualities of the player. Obviously he was on a roll, and he had nothing to lose today. He was going for the shots. I played him three times before this match, and I won all three times. We played all three times on the hard courts. I was aware of his weaknesses and strengths so I tried to use those advantages at certain moments and it worked for me.

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