No, Novak Djokovic can’t complain. As a world No. 1, father and husband and in the prime of his career, what’s there to complain about? Rafael Nadal? Roger Federer?
Speaking ahead of his first match tonight in Miami, Djokovic reflected on how fulfilled he is.
“Right now I’m a complete person and really fulfilled in every aspect of my life,” Djokovic said Friday. “Became a husband and a father in last 10 months, and that’s a very important milestone for me that has definitely contributed in a positive way to my tennis, as well.
“I’m not taking things for granted. I am very grateful for the opportunity to play the sport that I love, and still kind of fulfill my parental duties and, you know, be, I would say, accomplished as a husband and a father. I cannot complain. It’s a great place in my life where I am at the moment, and trying to take the best out of it.”
Djokovic is a 4-time Miami champion winning the title three of the last four years. He says, not surprisingly, he loves the Miami court.
“Hopefully I can have another great week in Miami,” he said. “The record that I had in last, eight, nine years I have been coming back to Miami and playing the tournament is really good. Some of my best tennis I have played here in these courts.”
Novak opens his title defense tonight against Martin Klizan.
Friday he and Janko Tipsarevic lost in the doubles first round. Djokovic talked about the return of his good friend.
“It’s incredibly sad story with him in last 17 months,” he said of Tipsarevic’s absence. “I know him for such a long time. We are great friends. His last official match that he played was in October 2013, and ever since then he was suffering from injuries. Mostly from the heel that he had to operate I think two or three times.
“Along the way he also hurt some other muscles and joints. Just a very dreadful time for him. I tried to, as a friend and as a colleague, be close to him, to give him support, to let him know that I’m there and I wish him to have a speedy recovery and to come back as quick as possible.”
After his Indian Wells title, the 50th of his career, Djokovic will re-unite with coach Boris Becker this week.
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