Novak Djokovic is fired up for his title defense in Dubai where the former No. 1 and 4-time tournament champion met the press yesterday to discuss an array of topics including the Australian Open loss.
“It was a tough loss for me,” Djokovic told the Gulf News referring to the Stanislas Wawrinka loss. “But I wasn’t disappointed because I knew I gave it my all and fought until the last point. I lost an incredibly close match to a better player who after that went on to win the tournament.”
He cautioned that the loss had nothing to do with the hiring of new coach Boris Becker as some had directed the blame.
“It’s sport, you win and lose, it’s normal. It’s not because Boris was there instead of [former coach] Marian [Vajda] as many people were saying.”
Since the loss over a month ago, Djokovic passed up on Davis Cup to spend time travelling and meeting friends and family.
“In the last three weeks after the Australian Open I’ve done a lot of things and been to places that I haven’t visited since childhood,” Djokovic continued. “I reconnected with a period of growing up and spent time with family. It’s something that has given me a lot of food for my soul and a lot of life energy that I can hopefully transfer on to the court.
“I miss competition and I miss playing matches and I can’t wait to get back out on court. It’s still only the beginning of the season and I’m still running on the confidence I have from the end of last year.”
Djokovic, who already lost in the doubles earlier today, will play Denis Istomin Tuesday night in Dubai. Djokovic has played just once event this year, fewest of anyone in the Top 20.
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