Ahead of his title defense at Indian Wells, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic talked about what’s looming at the French Open in a few months.
“The difference now in my approach to my goals is that I don’t put too much pressure on myself now,” Djokovic told the Desert Sun on Thursday. “I don’t want to take away too much energy on thinking about will I make it or not. The French Open of course is the Grand Slam that I’ve never won, but I use these losses as a way to grow mentally and emotionally. This kind of approach allows me to enjoy my time there instead of going on the plane to Paris and thinking about will I make it this time or not.”
Djokovic is playing his first Masters event since the birth of his son, Stefan. And the family made the long trip.
“[Stefan is] here actually and both dogs are here,” Djokovic said. “It’s amazing to be a father… to become a parent, to share that joy of raising a child with your wife. Of course, the dogs are there. We consider them children… They love Stefan and Stefan loves them back… We work as a big family.”
Djokovic begins his bid to become the first man to repeat here since Roger Federer in 2004-2006 tonight against Marcos Baghdatis.
“I try to enjoy what I do, and I’m aware of the fact that there are many children around the world who are looking up to me, obviously following everything that I do, everything that I say,” Djokovic added. “So that’s something that’s always in the back of my mind and I try to serve as a good example of an athlete of somebody that takes things in a bit lighter way in life.”
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