Novak Djokovic: This Was The Best Match I’ve Played Since Arriving In The U.S.
by Tom Gainey | March 30th, 2012, 11:07 am

Novak Djokovic agreed that last night’s impressive win over David Ferrer was his best performance since he arrived in the U.S. Djokovic beat David Ferrer 62, 76 to advance to the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open Miami.

“I feel that I am playing better and better as the tournament goes on,” Djokovic said. “I can comfortably say that this has been tonight the best match that I’ve played in last couple weeks in States.

“I had a fantastic first set, break up in the second twice, serving for the match, and then in some moments, you know, I allowed him to take control in the rallies and, you know, just waiting for him to make an unforced error, which, you know, he used it wisely and he got back to the match.”

Djokovic then expounded on what it’s like to play in a match of that quality.

“Well, it’s beautiful about tennis.,” Djokovic said. “It’s individual sport. It always makes you improve and get better on the court. The competition is bigger nowadays. I believe there is more players than maybe five, six years ago who are at the top and able to win major events. You could sense that in a way.”

Djokovic won the 2011 Miami title defeating Rafael Nadal. If both players win today – Nadal plays Andy Murray – they’ll rematch on Sunday.

Djokovic is 4-0 lifetime against his opponent tonight, Juan Monaco.

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4 Comments for Novak Djokovic: This Was The Best Match I’ve Played Since Arriving In The U.S.

Brando Says:

Mmmm…. Best match since he came to the U.S? 1st set- definately. 2nd set- saw him play better against isner, IMHO. I think his serve was good last night, but to me, there where some errors there too. That could be because he was playing ferrer (IMHO the biggest class act on tour). His 1st set performance is what he should try and maintain- choose aggression as opposed to trying to outlast the opponent, IMO.

Steve 27 Says:

“I believe there is more players than maybe five, six years ago who are at the top and able to win major events. You could sense that in a way.”

He’s talking about Federer’s era.
swiss monopoly was horrible, his fans thinks he was unstoppable, and yeah, post 2007 excuses increased: the mono, the slowness of the courts, passed his peak performance, and more, more excuses. really desperate to see their idol in the dust of the tracks where it matters most: the GS. Yes, it’s a relief.

rave Says:

steve27 or 28 or whatever. Sure, this era is soooo tough, what with lady forehand/choker, the oft injured one, the arrogant one, so hail to King Djoker, king of a tough era, so many tough players to beat and he beats them easily, because he is soooooo good.

Alex Says:

This is definitely a strong era. The top four and five players in the world are routinely making it through to the semi-finals at almost every tournament they enter.

In 2006, Ivan Ljubicic and Nikolay Davydenko were top 4. In 2005, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt were top tier. That time period and the 7 or 8 years prior to it, are often referred to as the weak era.

How can it be considered weak, when the top 3 players, have each won at least 5 grand slams.

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