Novak Djokovic: “I Hope I Can Perform a Little Bit Better Than I Did Today”
by Tom Gainey | June 29th, 2011, 3:40 pm
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Novak Djokovic survived a very tough test today from young Bernard Tomic. Djokovic won through to his fifth straight Grand Slam semifinal after defeating Tomic 62, 36, 63, 75.

Djokovic found himself down a break and in trouble in the third set before he rallied to take the match.

“I need to work a little bit on my game,” admitted Djokovic. “I hope I can perform a little bit better than I did today. That’s what matters for me the most, regardless who is across the net.”

Djokovic who had been so hot entering the quarterfinals did not play his best stuff.

“I’m proud of myself firstly,” said Tomic. “I think I gave it as much as I could today. I was not too far off, but he’s a better player than me at this stage. I had my chances 3-1 in the third. If I was a little bit smarter, a little bit relaxed, I probably would have done the opposite of what I did. But his returns keep pressuring you and then you make errors, and that’s why he’s that quality of a player.”

Djokovic will clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday in the semifinals. Novak has never been to the finals at Wimbledon.

“I’m proud of myself firstly,” said Tomic. “I think I gave it as much as I could today. I was not too far off, but he’s a better player than me at this stage. I had my chances 3-1 in the third [set]. If I was a little bit smarter, a little bit relaxed, I probably would have done the opposite of what I did. But his returns keep pressuring you and then you make errors, and that’s why he’s that quality of a player.”

Djokovic will clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday in the semifinals. Novak has never been to the finals at Wimbledon. He’s a sparkling 46-1 this season.

Here are highlights from Djokovic’s match with Tomic:


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5 Comments for Novak Djokovic: “I Hope I Can Perform a Little Bit Better Than I Did Today”

jane Says:

Tom you’ve doubled up on some of your copy here. I thought is was maybe deja vu, but nope. Just a typo probably. ;)


Eric Says:

I didn’t get to see any of the matches, but after Nole took the first set 6-2, Tomic must have put in a really good effort for 3-6 6-4 7-5. Closer than some of Nole’s matches with Rafa this season. :)


sar Says:

Nole will have to work hard and bring his A+ return game.


Grand Slam Says:

Congrats to Nole on the win!!!!!! A win is stil a win!!!!! I know Fed would have loved to be in the position Nole is, just to pull the win against Tsonga, but that did not happen!!!! So he is still in the tournament and therefore, he still has a chance to make it one step further than last year, not to mention even further………..

Honestly speaking, out of the 4 top guys, the only one that has looked good so far is Murray!!!!!!!! I really like his chances against Nadal, who’s looked vulnerable!!!!!!!!! Did not appreciate Rafa’s sportsmanship against DelpO at all!!!! Even tough he was within guidelines with the MTO and Batroom break he worked the rules not bend them and it was not professional above all!!!!!

So I vote for a Nolandy final!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hajde Nole!!!!!!!!!!! Common Andy may it be the second GS final for the two of you!!!!!!!


Michael Says:

Tomic is definitely a future prospect. He really has the game to win Majors. What I like about his game is he plays it damn easy in the same way as Federer and that style will make him physically enduring.

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