Monday, May 28, 2012

Djokovic Roland Garros Press Conference | Day 2 May 28th 2012

Djokovic Roland Garros Press Conference | Day 2 May 28th 2012

Q. It could have been a tricky first round. But you managed to get the win. What were the expectations for you out there?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I didn't expect an easy match, that's for sure. He is a specialist for clay. I have seen him in the past couple of years. He gave a lot of trouble to the top players on this surface.
So I tried to be aggressive on the court and take my chances. At the start, you know, I made I was still trying to find the rhythm and movement on the court. And he obviously played a very good first set.
But when I look at it now, after the match is over, maybe it was good for me to have the tough first set and try to find the good control over and rhythm and movement on the court and, you know, it was difficult conditions, as well, in the end. It was a little bit too windy.

Q. How do you like your new outfit? Did you feel comfortable with it?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I love it. How about you?

Q. You look good.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Thank you. (Smiling) Thank you. It's a complicate for Uniqlo as well.

Q. You may not want to answer this, but family has been so central in your life, not just your tennis life. Your whole life. Could you take a moment and just reflect what your grandfather meant to you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, he meant a lot to me, personally and to all the family, because he took my father, my uncle, and my aunt from where they lived at the first place where they were born to Belgrade, to the capital city, and, you know, he made a lot of things possible for my family, for my father. And then, you know, after that, my father took over.
Then from that moment on, you know, obviously we were in the sport, and I was given I was very fortunate to be given an opportunity to succeed in what I really loved from the first moment.
You know, he was always a big support to all the family and to me, especially, and a very special relationship with that man, you know, because when I was not with my parents, I was with him.
I think sometimes even you have that special relationship with your grandparents more, even more than with your parents, because your parents always judge you on things, and the grandparents allow you to do anything you like. (Smiling.)
So, yeah, very nice memories.

Q. So can you just share one really special moment with us?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: There was so many. I mean, it's hard to pick one. I mean, we used to go together with public transportation to the practices. I remember those days. We had lots of fun in those public buses and everything. Yeah.

Q. Roger was mentioning the balls. He thought they were much heavier this year. You talked about conditions. Was that one factor you noticed out there?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, the ball change is obvious. I think last year they have made that switch with balls, and they were really fast and tough to control with conditions that are present in the Roland Garros, which are a little bit different from other clay court events, and the conditions here are a little bit faster than maybe comparing to Monte Carlo or Barcelona or Rome.
But, you know, many players complained a little bit about the speed of the balls last year, so it was really difficult to control.
So this year, they're a little bit heavier, which I like. I really don't have any complaints about it.

Q. Time and again there are a lot of discussions about the players' rights, playing Madrid, the long season, the world rankings, something like that. How serious are those problems, from your point of view?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Different subjects with, you know, many people involved in tournaments, obviously, so ATP is an association of tournaments and players, and then we have obviously Grand Slams and ITF.
We players have had some difficulties to find an agreement with everybody to try to make our life on tour a little bit easier. Especially towards the physical struggle that we go through due to the long season that we have.
But, you know, it's all tennis. It's all sport. I believe that we have the good people now in the sport, and we are working together towards finding a solution for all these issues.

Q. You mentioned the physical struggle. Can you talk a little bit about what you and your team do during a potentially two week tournament like this to ensure your body is peaking at the right moments and the right times?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you don't want to underestimate any opponent, especially in the opening rounds. So you always try to have the, you know, 100% concentration and that kind of mindset prior to every match.
But, you know, everybody has a different way of preparing for Grand Slams, and you're right, I mean, it's a two weeks long event. Anything is possible here. All the attention of the world of sport is pointed at the Grand Slams, and I think every tennis player in the world wants to perform his best in these tournaments.
So, you know, obviously we have different routines with different players, but I like to keep mine private. I can't get into what I'm doing, but we're all trying obviously to put a lot of focus on my game and physical preparation, especially before the event starts.

Q. Is there a place in Roland Garros that you feel where you feel better? I mean, which is your favorite place in Roland Garros?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: In the tennis center?

Q. Yeah, or...
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Locker room. And second is press room. (Laughter.)
Q. Last year you were invincible, and this year you may realize a Novak Slam. Which is the worst pressure or best pressure to cope with? What's the most difficult between the two?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, pressure is always present, and the way I look at it, it is a privilege and, you know, it's a challenge. I believe every professional athlete feels the pressure.
So you need to try to understand and learn how to deal with it, and if you feel pressure, that means that you're doing something that is right, that means and that counts.
So I'm happy I'm happy to be where I am at this moment. I was always dreaming, you know, to become the world's best player.
So there is always expectations, and obviously with different tournaments and different times of the year come different pressure.
But the situation that I found myself in this year before Roland Garros is, you know, to make the history eventually if I get go all the way through.
But, look, you know, it doesn't give me an extra negative pressure. You know, I really think it's a challenge and something to embrace and to enjoy. As I said, I'll try to go step by step. It's really too early to talk about eventually getting my hands on trophy, but it's definitely a goal.

Q. Was this the first time you had spoken in French to the crowd after a match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No. I've spoken a couple of times in last couple of years in Bercy, as well, but I don't know. I don't know how to judge myself. It wasn't that successful.
But, yeah, I'm trying to take it slowly. I'm running out of words, so I have to update myself in French, the French words.

Q. So how long have you been learning on the side, or when do you get the time to learn?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, look, I live in Monte Carlo, and the official language there is French. So it's a little bit, let's say, expected from me to learn French. I'm really trying to convince all the people from here to speak French with me. Who knows? Maybe next two weeks I'll learn something more.

Q. For the past three years now every time Bob Sinclar is on the center court, you're there, playing with him, dancing. Are you a real Bob Sinclar fan?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah. I'm a fan of his music. He's a great DJ, and he also loves tennis, which is a plus for our tennis world, because he's a big star in music world. I think he is very successful in what he does, because he always makes so much fun, you know, for the crowd who comes for all the kids and for us, for us players to be there, and, you know, to play tennis with loud music. It's something unusual, but a lot of fun.

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