TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – 2nd of July. N. Djokovic d. M. Cilic 6-1, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-2. An interview with Novak Djokovic
Q. What turned it around for you? How did you get back in the winning way?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Just held my composure in those moments when the match was going his way, especially when he won the third set. You know, obviously I was frustrated with the fact that I haven’t used the opportunities that were presented, and also the fact that I allowed him to come back into the match.
I mean, he did start playing more offense and playing better, but I thought that I allowed him to have this opportunity on the court.
Q. There was a moment in the fourth set in the changeover where you sit down and your eyes were closed. Were you visualizing or meditating, trying to calm yourself down?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yes, obviously, you know, you go through the difficult moments, especially when you’re two sets to one down, playing quarters of Grand Slams. It gets very emotional. You’re fighting on the court as much as your opponent, and you try to just mentally be strong and find that inner strength that can help you in those particular moments.
That’s what helped me.
Q. You appeared to be distracted at times by the noise coming from outside. How significant was that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I think both of us, we thought it was too much in a way. But it is what it is. I mean, it’s kind of strange to feel so much noise coming from the Centre Court. I don’t know how come, because from the Centre you can’t hear and vice versa.
But the crowd gets into it. Today with him losing in straight sets, it was obviously a result that all stadium, even on Court 1, wanted to see. I said to the chair umpire, Let’s just stop the match, put it live on the big screen, and let’s watch it till they’re done. It’s going to be better for all of us.
Q. Tomorrow you have a day off. What have you planned, except from practicing and relaxing?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I’m going to keep my routine, same things. Try to relax, do some things that I do usually on the days off.
Q. What is that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: That is my private thing. Can’t reveal too much.
Q. You’re going to be a father for the first time this year. How is the pregnancy going and how does this motivate you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Very good. Thank you for asking. The date is coming closer. The stomach is growing. If you have kids, you know how that feels.
For us, it’s a new chapter of our lives. It’s a new experience. We’re full of joy. What can I say? It can only bring positive things to us. It’s the most beautiful news that I ever received when she told me she was pregnant.
We’re together almost nine years, and this is the crown of our relationship.
Q. You changed your shoes. Can you explain a little bit more about that. What was the problem and how did it help you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I thought I was slipping, I was falling, and I wasn’t really finding the balance in the third. I don’t know if it was shoes or socks or whatever. It was very warm. I was sweating a lot, so I want to change it.
I had just a better grip. I had better movement. Maybe it was just mental, but anyway, it worked.
Q. The grass is supposed to be slower and bounces truer. We’ve had a record number of tiebreaks in the tournament, suggesting that breaking is not going on as much. What is your explanation for that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Grass is still the fastest surface we have in sport. If you are going to have tiebreak records anywhere, you’re going to have it here. Especially with guys like Isner or López or Raonic, Kyrgios, these big servers, big guys, Cilic.
It’s not easy to break them. They put a lot of pressure on your service games, as well. Your best chance is getting to a tiebreak.
Again, I would agree with the fact that we have more baseline rallies than we had maybe 20, 30 years ago looking at the grass at those times.
But I think it’s not a matter of grass. I think it’s a matter of tennis balls. I think they’re a bit slower, which suits the baseline players more I guess nowadays.
Q. So the serve should be slower, too?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, not if you’re 6’10”. It doesn’t matter. If you serve with a tomato, you’re going to ace it.
Q. How would you assess the match against Dimitrov next given the run he’s had on grass? Do you have any sympathy for Andy Murray being defending champion and how hard it is to, I suppose, keep winning at tournaments you’ve won before?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I understand him, of course. I was saying before here that he goes through immense pressure and expectations in Wimbledon because he’s somebody that everybody relies on and expects him to go far and win the trophy.
He has done that. I’m sure that he felt a huge relief.
But again, now he has faced another experience: to be defending champion for the first time at Wimbledon. It’s quite different. It’s another way of pressure that you feel.
So I understand what he goes through. But Dimitrov won in straight sets and he deserves respect for that. Of course, he must have played an incredible match. To beat Andy on grass is a very, very difficult challenge.
Q. Are you going to be wearing your lucky shoes against Grigor?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I have to think about that. If they’re lucky, if you say they’re lucky, I’ll wear them (smiling).
Stefanos Tsitsipas starts his Australian Open campaign with a straight-set win over Salvatore Caruso
Last year’s Australian Open semifinalist and ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped just five games in his 6-0 6-2 6-3 win over Italy’s Salvatore Caruso after 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Tsitsipas earned three consecutive breaks to cruise to a bagel win in the opening set. Caruso saved the first break point and held his first service game to draw level to 1-1, but she Tsitsipas converted his third break point chance at deuce to open up a 3-1 lead. The Greek player earned his second break at love in the eighth game.
Tsitsipas went up a break at love in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Caruso saved three match points in the eighth game at 2-5 to prolong the match, but Tsitsipas served out the win at 30 with an ace down middle the court in the ninth game after 1 hour and 45 minutes setting up a second round match against either Phillip Kohlschreiber or Marcos Giron.
“Today I tried to stay calm. That was something that I had really in the back of my head, trying to stay calm, be aggressive on and off the court. I would describe the match the match as very stable. Throughout the match I was very focused. I was in the zone, and I am very happy with my first set. It was almost perfect. I don’t remember the last time that I won a set 6-0. It was a good quality tennis. Let’s not forget the people here. The people that bring the energy. I will give it to them”, said Tsitsipas in the post-match interview.
Matteo Berrettini cruises past wild card Andrew Harris to advance to the Australian Open second round
Number 8 seed and 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini cruised past Australian wild card Andrew Harris 6-3 6-1 6-3 in the first round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
Berrettini converted five of his nine break points and hit 38 winners. The Italian player won the opening set 6-3 with a break in the second game at deuce and the second set with three consecutive breaks.
Berrettini came back from 0-40 down by winning five consecutive points in the sixth game of the third set to earn the break at deuce for 4-2 when Harris hit a forehand into the net. Berrettini sealed the win with a big forehand on the match point after 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Berrettini will take on either US Tennys Sandgren or Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti.
“It’s always tough because I played my last official match in November. I figured out how to play my best tennis, so I am really happy with my performance. Like always, I am going round by round. I am happy that I am healthy and playing well”, said Berrettini.
Last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannick Sinner was leading 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 4-4, before the match was suspended due to rain. The Italian rising star converted four of his eight break points. Sinner went down a break in the seventh game to trail 3-5 in the opening set, but he broke back in the 10th game before winning the tie-break 7-2. Sinner broke twice to win the second set 6-2. Sinner went up a break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Purcell broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Sinner, who is making his first appearance at Melbourne Park, holds a 15-30 lead at 4-4 in the third set.
Sam Querrey stunned Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, who eased past Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-2 6-2.
Guido Pella edged Australian wild card John Patrick Smith 6-3 7-5 6-4 to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face France’s Gregoire Barrere, who came back from one set down to beat Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 7-6 (7-5).
Grigor Dimitrov Causes A Stir At Australian Open With Crazy Outfit
The world No.20 has split opinion about what he is wearing at Melbourne Park.
Grigor Dimitrov’s first round match at the Australian Open didn’t centre round how or who he was playing. It was about what he was wearing on the court.
The former Wimbledon semi-finalist triggered a mass reaction on social media when walking into the Melbourne Arena wearing a navy blue Nike spotted tracksuit. A decision by the Bulgarian that has split opinion among tennis fans. Although Dimitrov has no regrets about the outfit, which he helped design along with Nike.
“It is! I just don’t wanna be a vanilla. I love being different,” the 28-year-old told reporters when asked if it was a fashion statement.
Dimitrov a set down to Londero — which he deserves just because of this. https://t.co/VEbLhe7LYH
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) January 20, 2020
Besides the tracksuit, the 18th seed also caught the attention of fans with what he was wearing underneath. His abstract T-shirt featured a combination of white, black, pink and red. Drawing more questions about the decision behind what he is wearing on the courts in Melbourne. His shorts are more orthodox with just a plain navy blue colour.
Dimitrov's outfit. pic.twitter.com/OdE0BjTzZj
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 20, 2020
In his first round match, Dimitrov battled back from a set down to edge out Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4. During the at times roller coaster encounter, the world No.20 hit 17 aces and blasted 47 winners past his opponent. Recording his third win of the season following his two singles victories during the ATP Cup.
“I was just trying to get my rhythm. It was a very tough first set. I was unable to find my striking zone and did a lot of unforced errors.” A critically speaking Dimitrov commented during his on-court interview.
Dimitrov will play either Tommy Paul or Leonardo Mayer in the second round.
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