N. DJOKOVIC/A. Murray 7-6, 4-6, 6-0
An interview with: NOVAK DJOKOVIC
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Thank you.
Q. Talk about first of all obviously brutal conditions from one side of the court.
You guys cut your serves like in half. All the breaks occurred there. What was it like out there?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: You described it in a good way. It was just very tough, brutal conditions for both of us.
First set was really up and down for both of us, and we tried to stay mentally tough, both of us, and kind of hang in there, battle, and wear down the other player physically.
There were lots of exchanges, a lot of long rallies. I was expecting that coming into the match, but one thing is to really expect and the other is to really experience it and really go through it on the court.
So wasn't easy, but as I said, it was the same for both players. I played a good tiebreak; managed to hang in there. Wasn't really a great
tennis display. A lot of unforced errors.
But in these conditions you just want to try to stay with the other player and extend the punching exchange and try to wait for the opportunities. I did have some opportunities in the beginning of the second set where I maybe could have gotten the break and maybe win the match in straight sets, but he came back. He played better in the second.
Then the third the beginning was, again, important part. First two games were pretty long. I managed to win those. After that, I felt like he was
getting tired. That's where the momentum was on my side. But generally it was just a physical battle between the two of us that play similar game. You know, we haven't served that well, so we haven't had that many free points, as a matter of fact. With first or second serve we needed to earn every single point, to work for it.
That's why this particular match was very tough.