Novak Djokovic: “I’m getting closer to the level I want”

Novak Djokovic: “I’m getting closer to the level I want”

Serbian Novak Djokovic assured this Sunday after a hard-fought victory over Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 4-6 and 6-1 that he believes he is getting closer to the desired level.

“Playing against Grigor is always a challenge. I know he will show all his quality. He has been one of the players on the circuit for years,” the world number two acknowledged at a press conference, who is unable to compete due to an injury. Madrid could be and is now preparing for Roland Garros in Rome.

“I think I’m getting closer to the level I want. Of course you can always play better, but today I had a very good quality opponent and I think I performed most of the match, except for the last four games of the second set. Other than that I think I’ve been very solid, served well and moved well. When I got opportunities, I took advantage of them,” he explained.

“Overall a very solid performance and definitely a better level than in the first game. I hope I can keep the same trajectory in the next one,” he added.

The Rome Masters 1,000, which normally lasts a week, will run for a total of twelve days this year.

“It’s a different schedule this year than any other year I’ve played in Rome. With a longer duration of the tournament, you naturally have a day off between matches, which is good in a way because you have the chance to recover and train better,” he explained.

And he also commented on the poor quality of the tracks, too hard and too dry.

“To be honest, Rome has never had a good reputation for job quality. I have known all the executives for 15 years, I get on very well with them and I cannot blame them for this,” he stressed.

“But the interesting thing would be to know how much tennis they play on the court before the tournament. I think I asked last year and they didn’t play much, just the previous stages,” he analyzed.

“If you don’t use the track and it’s gravel, these things happen. The job breaks. You have many holes. You have an uneven surface, very poor rebounds and a lot of gravel,” he explained.

“I remember about 10 years ago someone told me they brought people from Roland Garros and that year the track was better. I don’t know why they don’t call them again because they are clearly the best clay court specialists in the world,” he said.

“I felt that court number 5 is of better quality than center court in training these days because it is more played on,” he said.

Source: El heraldo