It sounds like the endless questions asked Novak Djokovic to compare his 2011 season with 2012 are taking a toll on the Serb. That and his loss today to Rafael Nadal in the Rome final made him seem somewhat chippy in the press conference following the match.
That’s just my read on it, there is no video available yet of the press conference. Djokovic did say he needed to improve for Paris where he’ll try for the “Djoker Slam” and he stated that Nadal is the best player in the world on the clay.
Here’s his presser from the Rome website:
Q: If you compare last year and this year….
Djokovic I am not comparing last year and this one.
Q: NO, just in the way you are both playing. What are the main differences
Djokovic I cant say – he is always the favourite even if I win against him 7 times – he is the best player in the world on this surface and the two wins I had gave me confidence and I think that the match today was quite close …even if he won in straight sets. If you don’t use the opportunities against Rafa he gets momentum. I made unforced errors and I don’t think he played extremely well – I made a lot of errors which should not happen when you play against Nadal and ….. I will go to Paris with confidence and I played a great week.
Q: Sorry to say but will it be crucial to block ……
Djokovic The facts are there. I cannot say it is not present and its there and a possibility to win 4 Grand Slams in a row and I am going and preparing for a Grand Slam as I prepare for any other big event with more focus and its 2 weeks long and the most important tournament and we always wast to deliver out best game and we are good – I feel good on the court and I need to make a few adjustment before Paris but I’ll be in top form
Q: 2 raquets broken in 3 matches. Whats your opinion.
Djokovic No opinion. Its my emotions on the court and I show good and bad emotions.
Q: You day the fist set as 6 break piints –
Djokovic A lot of changes from 5 all – a lot of changes and I made incredible mistakes. What can you do – Nadal is across the net and you need a strong and precise shot and you can over force the shot but look — as I said – its been a good week and he deserved to win.
Q: Do you watch the match on TV or you never do it. Today you were pushing him back and he was playing short and you didn’t take advantage.
Djokovic I feel the ball as well as in the semi finals
Q: How you explain the unforced errors today. Bad form?
Djokovic I just answered that question
Q: Novak – you said Rafa didn’t play but is he doing any thing different with his serve or forehand
Djokovic That is a question for him. I don’t fee that there is much difference in the tactics., Always when we play t is a close match and small differences.
Q: Why did you feel last night you couldn’t play
Djokovic Made a decision together with the officials and we made the decision that the court was not possible to play. Sorry for the people but risky to go out on the court an having an injury and very soft and not good conditions and I think that the finals today was good and a good crown of people in the stands.
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