Novak Djokovic was understandably in good spirits when he met the press Monday in Shanghai. The World No. 1 just won his fifth Beijing title, recently got married and now he and his new wife are expecting their first child in this fall. So life is good for Djokovic, and he agrees.
“There is a lot happening in my life,” said Djokovic. “Life cannot be better at this moment. I cannot ask for more. I’m really grateful for all the things that I’m experiencing in my private life and professional also as well on the court. I had a lot of amazing achievements in last couple of years. Those are the result of, first of all, great joy of playing this sport, and of course discipline and professionalism from my side and the team of people around me.”
Last season Djokovic finished on a 24-match winning streak, a run he said he cannot replicate.
“I cannot do better than I did last year,” said Djokovic. “I just hope I can repeat the success. Again, it’s a lot to ask at this point. I’m going to try to just kind of concentrate on what I need to do right now, and that is to take it one day at a time and see how far I can go in Shanghai.
“I am feeling great at this point of time with my game. Physically, as I said before, I’m not exhausted. To the contrary, I’m fit. I’m eager to compete, eager to go out there and fight. That encourages me to keep on going and see how far I can get.”
Djokovic also announced a new online apparel shop on www.novakdjokovic.com. Proceeds, he said, will go to his foundation.
“I have no personal economical benefit from this,” he said. “It’s all going to the foundation. It’s all going to improve children’s lives in Serbia, their education. I’m very pleased to announce this and hopefully fans around the world will have an opportunity to have my memorabilia around the world, to have access to it, to buy it.”
Djokovic seeks a third Shanghai title tonight as he opens against Dominic Thiem.
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