Saturday, May 21, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011 andy murray, french open, novak djokovic, rafael nadal, roger federer, Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray gave press conference at the French Open yesterday and all three of them agree that confidence is key to Djokovic's success in 2011.
“Right now, he's probably defending better, but I think it has a lot of things [to do] about confidence,” Rafael Nadal said.
“Everybody knows how good Novak is and how good he can be, but he was the same a few years ago. Right now he's winning, and with the victories, his confidence is higher and higher every time,” he added.
“Now, he has more confidence; that's clear,” said Roger Federer, who is in the same half of the draw with Djokovic at Roland Garros. “Sometimes before when it was windy or he didn't feel good, he was not fighting as much. But now, this winning streak shows that he's playing normally and that he's winning maybe easier than before. But he's the same player. He had some tight matches that he could have lost. He didn't… I don't believe he's different from my point of view. He was always finishing his matches very well.”
“What he did is incredible. I was not really surprised that he beat Rafa in Madrid, although I thought Rafa would win because of his results of the former years. But you should not forget that Rafa had lost in Miami and Indian Wells against Novak, too. So this is why it is interesting to follow what is going to happen, whether Novak will overcome Rafa or not. That's why I'm following this.”
“There's definitely no big technical changes. I think he's always been capable of playing great tennis. He's just doing it all the time now,” Andy Murray said.
“I think he's got the right mentality on the court. He's been very solid throughout the whole year. He's starting tournaments very well, and when he's played against the top guys, he's raised his level, which maybe in the past he hadn't done. He's found a way of winning against them, and now obviously he's got a lot of confidence.”