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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Final Interview

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Final Interview

Q. Talk us through that third set. Struggling with injury, then you went on to win 12 of the last 13 games.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. There were a lot of turning points in the match. As I think everybody predicted, it was going to be a big battle. Of course, Grand Slam finals for both of us, regardless of the record that I have here, and him playing also three times the final not winning a title, regardless of that, we both knew that, you know, we have equal chances to win it. Very similar match to the Australian Open final in 2013 when we played over two hours the first two sets. Tonight two and a half hours the first two sets. Very physical. Very exhausting. We both of course went through some tough moments physically. You could see that I had a crisis end of the second, beginning of the third. Just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge and get back on track. That's what I've done. I started hitting ball and trying to be a little bit more aggressive coming to the net, shortening the points. I got a very important break of serve at 2-Love for him in the third that got me back in the match mentally, as well. It was a cat-and-mouse fight. It always is. We always try to outplay the opponents with the groundstrokes, with the long rallies, a lot of variety in the games: spin, flat, slice, dropshots. I think both went out with the full repertoire of the shots we have. I hope everybody that watched it enjoyed the finals. From my side it was definitely very exhausting. Just glad that I believed it all the way through. Saved some breakpoints at 3-All in the third set and managed to make that break and win the third. After that I felt huge relief. I felt I could swing through the ball. I felt the momentum was on my side and I wanted to use that. At this level very few points can turn things around on the court as we could see tonight.

Q. Even if you know him since you are both 11 years old, he said he was distracted by you limping or having a problem to the hand or foot. Should it happen between two people who know each other so well?

Andy Murray Australian Open Final Interview

Andy Murray Australian Open Final Interview

Q. Can you describe how your emotions were going as it ran away from you near the end?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, obviously had opportunities in the first three sets. Then the fourth set, I mean, obviously I need to watch it back to see if I played badly. I mean, he was just ripping everything. Returns he was hitting on the baseline, this far from the line all the time. Once he got up a break, he just loosened up and was just going for his shots. I couldn't recover. So the fourth set wasn't as frustrating to me. The third set was frustrating because I got a bit distracted when he, like, fell on the ground after a couple of shots. It appeared that he was cramping, and then I let that distract me a little bit. That's what I'm most disappointed about, not so much the fourth set because I think, especially at the end of it, he was just going for everything, and it was going in. But the third set was more frustrating for me.

Q. Do you think he went for broke at the end because he was afraid of a fifth set, that he thought he couldn't last a fifth set?

ANDY MURRAY: No, I don't think so, because he was moving unbelievable at the end of the third set, sliding and chasing everything down. I think it was just more that once he got up he loosened up a bit, and then was just going for his shots. Maybe if he started to miss a couple, then you kind of rein it back a little bit. But he wasn't missing, so he just kept going for it.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Video: Andy Murray press conference (pre-final) - Australian Open 2015

Video: Andy Murray press conference (pre-final) - Australian Open 2015

Andy Murray talks to the press before the 2015 Australian Open Men's Final.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Stan Wawrinka Photos - Australian Open Semifinals

Stan Wawrinka Photos - Australian Open Semifinals

Stan Wawrinka lost 7-6(1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0 to Novak Djokovic in the semifinal of the Australian Open 2015.... Check out some pics from the match....

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Semifinal Friday, 30 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Semifinal Friday, 30 January, 2015

Q. Can you go through this match because there were a lot of ups and downs. You came through at the end, but it looked like a huge struggle for you.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I did not play on the level that I intended before the match. There were parts of the match where I stepped in and played a game I needed to play, but parts of the match where I played too defensive and allowed him to dictate the play from the baseline. He has great depth in his shots. Once he has control of the rallies it's very difficult to play against him. So, yeah, it was very emotional, very tense, as it always is against a top player in semifinals of a Grand Slam. Of course, judging by the last two matches we played here in Australian Open last two years, we could expect something like that, five-setter. So the battle was great. It was no different this year from the previous two years in terms of, you know, fighting from both sides. The only difference was that the fifth set went completely my way. But, again, it was a tight first opening game of the fifth set where he had some breakpoint opportunities, missed an easy ball. Yeah, I mean, a couple points decide a winner in these particular matches when you're playing for Grand Slam final. I can say I'm glad, of course I'm happy and satisfied to go through. I'm proud of the fighting spirit that I had. But the level of performance was not where I wanted it to be.

Q. When Jim Courier spoke to you after the match he asked you if you had any physical issues, but then you sort of talked tactics.

Stan Wawrinka Interview Australian Open Semifinal Friday, 30 January, 2015

Stan Wawrinka Interview Australian Open Semifinal Friday, 30 January, 2015

Q. There were a lot of ups and downs in this match. How would you describe it?

STAN WAWRINKA: Describe the match? Strange. Not the best, for sure. I think there were a lot of up and down. Beginning conditions weren't too good. It's quite flying a little bit. Balls are not easy to control. Not much. It was not the best match, for sure. I don't know. Next question (smiling).

Q. At one point you asked for eye drops.

STAN WAWRINKA: Nothing special. Just need it. Didn't work well just after, but it was okay. Nothing special.

Q. Why do you think there were so many ups and downs? Both you and Novak seemed to have trouble keeping your best level.

STAN WAWRINKA: You know, at the beginning, as I say, was for me the first night session. Had to adapt a little bit the game. It's quite fast this year. It's not easy to control. Again, I think I'm physically well, playing well in general. Really happy with my level. It was mentally that I think I'm paying off the price to finish off the season with Davis Cup, not having a bigger off-season, trying to focus really well to start well the year with winning Chennai and being here trying to do the best. I told my coach before the match and already yesterday that I was mentally completely dead and no battery. Tough to focus on what I want to do. Tough to focus on my game. And that's what happened today.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Djokovic vs Wawrinka Australian Open Semifinal

Djokovic vs Wawrinka Australian Open Semifinal

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Novak Djokovic vs Stan Wawrinka is the second semifial at the 2015 Australian Open

Djokovic leads their Head2Head series 16-3, but wawrinka is the defending champion and will not be easy for the Serb.

Djokovic comes into this match having lost serve just once in the tournament and has faced just 11 break points in 15 sets played. Wawrinka has lost serve eight times and faced 24 break points.

Betting odds for both players:
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Wawrinka

DJOKOVIC HIGHLIGHTS

Outstanding serving - held 73 of 74 service games - 69 per cent 1st serves in play - 84 per cent first serves won - 68 per cent second serves won - faced only 11 break points in 15 sets
Strong return of second serves - 57 per cent won - 19 breaks in 71 return games (27 per cent)
Forehand has been extremely solid - 72 forehand winners - only 41 forehand unforced errors

Australian Open Order of Play Day 12: Friday 30 January

Australian Open Order of Play Day 12: Friday 30 January

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Rod Laver Arena 3:00pm
Mixed Doubles - Semifinals
Martina Hingis (SUI) [7]/Leander Paes (IND) [7] vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)/Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Not Before: 4:00pm
Women's Doubles - Final
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)/Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs. Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [14]/Jie Zheng (CHN) [14]
Not Before: 7:30pm
Men's Singles - Semifinals
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4]

Margaret Court Arena 3:00pm
Legends' Doubles
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)/Thomas Johansson (SWE) vs. Thomas Enqvist (SWE)/Mats Wilander (SWE)
Not Before: 4:00pm
Mixed Doubles - Semifinals
Sania Mirza (IND) [1]/Bruno Soares (BRA) [1] vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [3]/Daniel Nestor (CAN) [3]

Show Court 3 3:00pm
Junior Girls' Singles - Semifinals
Greet Minnen (BEL) vs. Tereza Mihalikova (SVK)
Junior Boys' Singles - Semifinals
Seong-chan Hong (KOR) [7] vs. Akira Santillan (AUS) [16]
Junior Girls' Doubles - Final
Katharina Hobgarski (GER)/Greet Minnen (BEL) vs. Miriam Kolodziejova (CZE) [2]/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) [2]
Junior Boys' Doubles - Final
Jake Delaney (AUS)Marc Polmans (AUS) vs. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) [8]Alex Molcan (SVK) [8]

Australian Open Results Day 11: Thursday 29 January

Australian Open Results Day 11: Thursday 29 January

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Men's Singles - Semifinals
Andy Murray (GBR) [6] defeats Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] 6-7(6) 6-0 6-3 7-5

Men's Doubles - Semifinals
Simone Bolelli (ITA)/Fabio Fognini (ITA) defeats Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [6]/Horia Tecau (ROU) [6] 6-4 3-6 6-3
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) /Nicolas Mahut (FRA) defeats Ivan Dodig (CRO) [4]/Marcelo Melo (BRA) [4] 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(5)

Exhibition Doubles
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)/Pat Cash (AUS) defeats Henri Leconte (FRA)/Mark Philippoussis (AUS) 4-2 4-2
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)/Thomas Johansson (SWE) defeats Michael Chang (USA)/Wayne Ferreira (RSA) 3-4(3) 4-2 3-4(4) 4-2 4-3(2)

Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [3]/ Daniel Nestor (CAN) [3] defeats Cara Black (ZIM) [5]/Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) [5] 6-2 6-3
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)/Pablo Cuevas (URU) defeats Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [2]/Marcelo Melo (BRA) [2] 6-1 6-2

Junior Boys' Singles - Quarterfinals
Roman Safiullin (RUS) [1] defeats Marc Polmans (AUS) 6-4 6-2
Akira Santillan (AUS) [16] defeats Duck Hee Lee (KOR) [6] 6-4 3-6 6-3
Djurabeck Karimov (UZB) defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [14] 3-6 6-4 6-1
Seong-chan Hong (KOR) [7] defeats Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) [3] 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-0

Junior Boys' Doubles - Semifinals
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) [8]Alex Molcan (SVK) [8] defeats Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) [3] Michael Mmoh (USA) [3] 6-7(9) 7-6(0) [10-2]
Jake Delaney (AUS) Marc Polmans (AUS) defeats Mate Valkusz (HUN) Louis Wessels (GER) 2-6 6-1 [11-9]

Quad Wheelchair Doubles - Final
David Wagner (USA) [1]Andrew Lapthorne (GBR) [1] defeats Lucas Sithole (RSA) [2]Dylan Alcott (AUS) [2] 6-0 3-6 6-2

Quad Wheelchair Singles
Dylan Alcott (AUS) [2] defeats David Wagner (USA) [1] 6-4 6-4
Lucas Sithole (RSA) defeats Andrew Lapthorne (GBR) 6-3 7-6(4)

Men's Wheelchair Singles - Semifinals
Shingo Kunieda (JPN) [1] defeats Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2
Stephane Houdet (FRA) [2] defeats Joachim Gerard (BEL) 3-6 6-2 6-3

Men's Wheelchair Doubles - Semifinals
Shingo Kunieda (JPN) [1]Stephane Houdet (FRA) [1] defeats Nicolas Peifer (FRA) Adam Kellerman (AUS) 6-1 6-0
Gordon Reid (GBR) Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) defeats Joachim Gerard (BEL) [2] Maikel Scheffers (NED) [2] 6-1 7-5


Andy Murray Photos - Australian Open Semifinals

Andy Murray's Photos - Australian Open Semifinals

Andy Murray Press Conference

Andy Murray made it to the Australian Open final after defeating Tomas Berdych 6-7(6) 6-0 6-3 7-5.... Enjoy some pics from the match...

Andy Murray Interview Australian Open Semifinals Thursday, 29 January, 2015

Andy Murray Interview Australian Open Semifinals Thursday, 29 January, 2015

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Q. Tell us what it means to be in your fourth Australian Open final, eighth of your career Grand Slam final?

ANDY MURRAY: It's great. I played very, very well tonight. Very happy with the way that I played the match. And, yeah, to be in the final four times here, I mean, because I'm surrounded by guys like Roger, Novak and Rafa, doesn't look like much, but that doesn't happen that often. So I'm very proud of that.

Q. Talk us through what changed between the first and second sets, so different.

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I thought the beginning of the match he started out well. I was a little bit tentative at the beginning and getting used to his ball. He hits the ball extremely hard and flat. At the start I felt like I was on the back foot a little bit. Towards the end of the first set I started to come into it more, be more aggressive. Then second set I just picked up from how I was playing at the end of the first. I felt like I could have won the first set. Obviously had some chances there. I was extremely aggressive in the second set. Managed to run away with it.

Tomas Berdych Photos - Australian Open Semifinal

Tomas Berdych's Photos - Australian Open Semifinal

Tomas Berdych lost the semifinal battle 6-7(6) 6-0 6-3 7-5 to Andy Murray .... Here we have some pics from his match....

Tomas Berdych Press Conference

Tomas Berdych Interview Australian Open Semifinals Thursday, 29 January, 2015

Tomas Berdych Interview Australian Open Semifinals Thursday, 29 January, 2015

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Q. A really tight first set. What was the difference out there today?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, firstly, you know, I'm really not happy and not really in a, yeah, good mood. I'm very disappointed to lose this match. I mean, it was a big match. But anyway, I just need to come back stronger and get myself better for it, and that's it. I mean, what was the difference? I had one bad set for the second set, and that's it. I mean, I was just trying to get my chances, trying to fight for it, but as I said, it was not enough and I'm very disappointed with it.

Q. What do you think changed between the first set and second set for you?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, we going to be looking for just small details. It's probably, you know, probably for you guys that you might do something about it. There is no any excuses. He's been playing well through all the match, and that's it. You know, I handled better the first set. He just took advantage of me not having a great second set, and that's it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Photo: Stefan cheering on daddy Nole

Photo: Stefan cheering on daddy Nole

Novak Djokovi'c baby boy, Stefan, is playing close attention to the world number 1 during the Australian Open.... Check it out...



After beating Raonic, Djokovic was shown the picture on the big screens and commented “See how he enjoys watching TV, he’s daddy’s boy definitely. I didn’t know that he was watching me this way but I felt his energy so that helped me tonight, definitely.”

Murray vs Berdych Australian Open Semifinal

Murray vs Berdych Australian Open Semifinal

Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych will meet in one of the semifinals at the 2015 Australian Open.

Berdych leads their head-to-head 6-4. Odds for both players are:

Berdych 13/10
Murray 8/13

BERDYCH HIGHLIGHTS

Big first serve - 63 aces - 137 mph - 83 per cent first serve points won - held 67 of 72 service games - did not lose serve to Nadal in quarter-finals - 45 straight holds of serve going back to his second round match vs. Melzer
Strong return of second serves - 61 per cent points won (won 15 of 21 points returning second serves vs. Nadal in quarter-finals) - 23 breaks in 69 return games (33 per cent)
Has not dropped a set - on court 10 hours, two minutes to reach semi-finals

Australian Open Order of Play Day 11: Thursday 29 January

Australian Open Order of Play Day 11: Thursday 29 January

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Rod Laver Arena 11:00am
Men's Doubles - Semifinals
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [6]/Horia Tecau (ROU) [6] vs. Simone Bolelli (ITA)/Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Not Before: 1:30pm
Women's Singles - Semifinals
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [10] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2]
Women's Singles - Semifinals
Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs. Madison Keys (USA)
Rod Laver Arena 7:30pm
Men's Singles - Semifinals
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [6]
Exhibition Doubles
Henri Leconte (FRA)/Mark Philippoussis (AUS) vs. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)/Pat Cash (AUS)

Margaret Court Arena 11:00am
Men's Doubles - Semifinals
Ivan Dodig (CRO) [4]/Marcelo Melo (BRA) [4] vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Legends' Doubles
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)/Thomas Johansson (SWE) vs. Michael Chang (USA)/Wayne Ferreira (RSA)
Not Before: 1:30pm
Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [3]/Daniel Nestor (CAN) [3] vs. Cara Black (ZIM) [5]/Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) [5]
Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)/Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [2]Marcelo Melo (BRA) [2]

Australian Open Results Day 10: Wednesday 28 January

Australian Open Results Day 10: Wednesday 28 January

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Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] defeats Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5] 6-3 6-4 7-6(6)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] defeats Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2

Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
Martina Hingis (SUI) [7]/Leander Paes (IND) [7] defeats Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [4]/Alexander Peya (AUT) [4] 6-3 6-1

Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals
Simone Bolelli (ITA)/Fabio Fognini (ITA) defeats Pablo Cuevas (URU)/David Marrero (ESP) 7-6(5) 7-6(5)
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [6]/Horia Tecau (ROU) [6] defeats Dominic Inglot (GBR) [14]/Florin Mergea (ROU) [14] 6-4 7-6(3)
Sania Mirza (IND) [1]/Bruno Soares (BRA) [1] defeats Casey Dellacqua (AUS)/John Peers (AUS) 6-2 6-2

Legends' Doubles
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) /Thomas Johansson (SWE) defeats Henri Leconte (FRA)/Mark Philippoussis (AUS) 4-2 1-4 4-3(1) 4-3(3)
Thomas Enqvist (SWE)/Mats Wilander (SWE) defeats Wayne Arthurs (AUS)/Pat Cash (AUS) 4-3(3) 2-4 4-3(2) 2-4 4-3(3)

Junior Boys' Singles - Round 3
Marc Polmans (AUS) defeats Sumit Nagal (IND) 6-1 6-1
Roman Safiullin (RUS) [1] defeats Jake Delaney (AUS) 6-3 6-3
Akira Santillan (AUS) [16] defeats Chien-hsun Lo (TPE) 7-5 2-6 6-4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [14] defeats Alexander Bublik (RUS) 7-5 7-5
Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) [3] defeats Marko Osmakcic (SUI) 6-1 6-1
Duck Hee Lee (KOR) [6] defeats Sameer Kumar (USA) 2-6 6-0 7-5
Djurabeck Karimov (UZB) defeats Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) [11] 7-6(5) 6-2
Seong-chan Hong (KOR) [7] defeats Bogdan Bobrov (RUS) [12] 6-1 6-0

Junior Boys' Doubles - Quarterfinals
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) [8]/Alex Molcan (SVK) [8] defeats illiam Blumberg (USA) [2]/Orlando Luz (BRA) [2] 6-2 7-6(2)
Mate Valkusz (HUN)/Louis Wessels (GER) defeats Renta Tokuda (JPN)/Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) 7-6(2) 6-2
Jake Delaney (AUS)/Marc Polmans (AUS) defeats Akira Santillan (AUS) [5]/Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) [5] 6-1 6-0
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) [3]/Michael Mmoh (USA) [3] defeats Yuya Ito (JPN)/Yusuke Takahashi (JPN) 6-2 6-2


Quad Wheelchair Singles
Dylan Alcott (AUS) [2] defeats Andrew Lapthorne (GBR) 6-4 6-4
David Wagner (USA) [1] defeats Lucas Sithole (RSA) 6-3 6-1

Men's Wheelchair Singles - Quarterfinals
Stephane Houdet (FRA) [2] defeats Adam Kellerman (AUS) 6-2 6-2
Shingo Kunieda (JPN) [1] defeats Maikel Scheffers (NED) 6-2 6-3
Joachim Gerard (BEL) defeats Nicolas Peifer (FRA) 7-5 6-1
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) defeats Gordon Reid (GBR) 6-2 6-4




Novak Djokovic Photos - Australian Open Day 10

Novak Djokovic Photos - Australian Open Day 10

Novak Djokovic Press Conference

Novak Djokovic reaches Australian Open semis after beating Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2... Check out some photos from his match....

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

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Q. If he had won the first set it's a totally different match, right? Do you feel that pressure?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, of course, it was a close first set, but I thought I had more chances in the first set than him. Managed to stay tough in the right moments and win the crucial first set. Obviously winning it in a tiebreak and making the break of serve first game of the second set was definitely huge really for me. I could start swinging through a little bit more, be more aggressive into the court. You know, since that first game of the second set I played a great match.

Q. How much confidence do you take out of the last two matches that were very tricky and you didn't lose a set?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I take a lot of confidence. I try to carry that in every next match, next challenge. Obviously I'm going to play Stan, who is the defending champion here. We played five-set matches in 2013 and '14 Australian Open. I'm going to be ready for a fight. But knowing that I have raised the level of performance tonight, and probably playing the best match of the tournament so far is affecting my confidence in a positive way. Hopefully I can carry that into next one.

Q. Any way you could be playing better?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I'm a self-critic. But, again, I got to try to take the positives out of every match. Tonight there was not much I could complain about. From the first game till the last I played the way I wanted. I created a lot of breakpoint opportunities. The key of tonight's match, one of the keys, was to get as many balls back in play, returns back in play. I thought from the back of the court I had more chance than him to win the points. I executed very, very well. It's easier said than done, but I feel very good about my game in this moment.



Q. Do you remember the first time you faced Stan here in 2005, qualification?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Playing Stan 2005 in qualifications here? Are you sure?



Q. And you won; you can check?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well done for that stat. I can't remember that match honestly. But it's great to see somebody I know for a long time -- I know Stan is two years older than me, but we did play some junior events together, Grand Slams. You know, to see him doing well, especially in the last two years... He loves this sport. He's out there working hard. All these years we all knew that he has great quality tennis game, but mentally he didn't believe enough that he can win Grand Slams. I think that changed in last two years. That's why his results are the way they are and he's a Grand Slam champion, Davis Cup champion. He's playing very confident. Yeah, so he's one of the guys to beat in this tournament, so I look forward to the challenge.



Q. You don't remember this match?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: First round maybe probably? I remember second and third round was Wesley Moodie. Thanks for reminding me. I'll mention it to Stan tomorrow when I see him.



Q. You've had a few easier wins over Stan away from the Grand Slams. Last three games you played in Grand Slams it was deep in the fifth set. What made those matches more intense? How do you prepare for the next one knowing how long the last three have been?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: As I mentioned before, I'm ready for the battle. When we played last three Grand Slam matches they were the finals stages of a Grand Slam, semifinals, quarterfinals. Grand Slams are the tournaments where you want to perform your best. I'm sure we both are very much aware of that fact, and it's why we get to play on a high level against each other and we push each other to the limit in a way. It's a very physical battle, as well. But I haven't had too many long matches during this tournament. I'm ready for it. I'm going to practice tomorrow, do a little preparation for that match, try to analyze his game and what I need to do in order to win.



Q. Stan played an unbelievable match against Kei today. Did you see any of it?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. He played a great match. Kei has been playing his best tennis in the last 12 months. To be able to win straight sets against him is pretty impressive. Being the defending champion, obviously he's got some of the pressure here. He is facing this kind of role for the first time in his life. He's been playing some great tennis under the circumstances. Got to give him credit for that. I like Stan; respect him a lot. But I'm sure once we're both on the court we both want to win.



Q. Did you watch the highlights from last year's match with Stan?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I haven't watched, but probably now is the time. I will not watch the last point of that match (smiling). Everything else is fine. Again, of course you need to do a video analysis. You need to get yourself in the right state of mind for the matches like this, because this is now semifinals of a Grand Slam and you're playing a top player. There is no going back now. It's the time to perform the best you can.



Q. Is it the Boris Becker effect we're seeing on your serve?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Definitely he's got his contribution there, no question about it. He has joined the team last year. It's been 12 months that we've been working together. He's working closely with Marian and the rest of the team members obviously in improving my game, getting it to the highest possible degree. Serve was one of the tasks, one of the things that we wanted to improve. I know I can't serve as fast as Milos, but I'm trying to use the angles, the accuracy, align myself to have some free points with that serve. That's what I used well during this 10 days now so far.



Q. You've been in a lot of semifinals in Grand Slams and you've won seven. Can you tell at this stage anything, that this one feels good or what's going to happen from now on?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Of course it feels good. It never gets old being in the last four of the Grand Slam. Sometimes, you know, obviously people around you think this is something that is normal from a top player, to reach that final stage. You're expected to perform well and reach semifinals of a Grand Slam. But I don't take anything for granted. I try to be aware that there are thousands of players around the world who are fighting equally as I am to be in this position. So that keeps me grounded, and I try to enjoy every moment and work hard for what I have.



Q. Having Boris in your camp, how much does that really benefit you from a mental side of things?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, that was the biggest contribution he could bring to me. Because he was the No. 1 player of the world, multiple Grand Slam winner, he understands exactly the kind of obstacles and challenges, mental challenges, I have to go through and I'm facing during the match. Especially in the later stages of tournament. That's where we talk a lot. It took us some time obviously from the beginning of the partnership to understand how we work, what's the daily routine, what's the mindset because we are different people, but we went through the same circumstances and situations in our careers. That's where he can help me the most.