Novak Djokovic: I Am Not Surprised By My Dominance, I Want To Achieve More
by Tom Gainey | February 22nd, 2016, 10:05 am
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Ahead of his opening match today against Tommy Robredo, 4-time tournament champion Novak Djokovic met the media first for first time since Melbourne. The world No. 1 reflected on what life has been like since holding up a sixth Australian Open title.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time with my wife and child, leaving my racquet on the side,” Djokovic said. “It’s important to re-group, in order to prepare for the next three or four months. I went two weeks without touching a racquet… I am eager to come back and compete. I missed it.

“What I take out of the Australian Open is the last three matches. It makes me feel very pleased that after a tough fourth round in five sets, I was able to play the best tennis when it was needed. It satisfies me very much. You expect to be emotionally and physically exhausted at the end of a Grand Slam, but I felt very consistent, strong and solid.”

Djokovic is currently the runaway No. 1 and he’s made the finals at 17 straight tournaments.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Djokovic said of his dominant run. “I expect a lot from myself. I put a lot of dedication in to get the results that I’ve had. I try to approach each tournament optimistically and I believe I can win every match that I can play, on any surface. The results I’ve had and the tournaments I’ve won over the past couple of years give me enough reason to be optimistic.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. I try not to be over-confident, as I have lots of respect for other players and I realise I’m not the only one who wants to be World No. 1. But being at the peak of my career at the moment, I’m trying to use this momentum that I have, take everything out of myself, and achieve more. To what extent? Where is it going? I don’t know. I don’t want to think about it too much.

“I’d still like to keep the same approach and philosophy that I’ve had, being in the present and only focusing on the next tournament.”

Djokovic has made the Dubai finals five times, winning four but falling in the final last year. He is 12-0 on the season and stands just two match wins from the 700 career mark.

With 7-time champion Roger Federer resting after knee surgery, Djokovic leads a field which includes Stan Wawrinka and 2-time finalist Tomas Berdych. Former finalist Feliciano Lopez is also in the event.


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36 Comments for Novak Djokovic: I Am Not Surprised By My Dominance, I Want To Achieve More

Giles Says:

I am shell shocked by joker’s recent statements. He needs to have a few big losses to come down to earth.


Anna Says:

My God!!!! what utter arrogance!!! Self-opinionated to say the least!!!! Well dear Novak, as much as you hate to admit it, your over-growing confidence and wins cannot be sustained for ever – so come down on your very high horse and show some humbleness!!!!!!


Anna Says:

My God!!!! what utter arrogance!!! Self-opinionated to say the least!!!! Well dear Novak, as much as you hate to admit it, your over-growing confidence and wins cannot be sustained for ever – so come down on your very high horse and show some humbleness!!!!!!


courbon Says:

He, he, he…same old, same old..
Nadal fans obsessively following every Novak word.
Dear Anna-I understand if English is not your first language but if it is-read again what he said.Confident yes, arrogant-no.
Giles is English but his vocabulary is about 20 words at most( and half of those are LOL, BTW and all those text message words ..) so that’s OK.
This is definition of shell shocked:
shocked or confused because of a sudden alarming experience.
I guess reading Novak’s interview is very alarming experience for dear Giles


Wog Boy Says:

“Giles is English but his vocabulary is about 20 words at most( and half of those are LOL,”

And VAMOS:)
BTW, I am pretty sure he is Spaniard living in England. English people have a much better sence of humor particulary when they are on the receiving (losing) end. One thing I like about them is that they can and do joke on their own expense, they can take it but they can give it back too;)


Giles Says:

Spaniard living in England? Are you sure about that? I do know you are a Serb living in Australia. That’s a fact!!


Giles Says:

Courbon. Since your English is putrid, I take it you have to google almost every word that is spoken in English here. Must be a big task for you, no? Happy googling. Don’t forget to google ” putrid”. Enjoy.


Daniel Says:

Saw that Novak alteady won versus Robredo and very easy, 6-1 6-2. Looks like he is poise for another dominant year. If he wins Dubai his start for 2016 will be better than 2011.

And not touching a racquet for 2 weeks didn’t do him any harm, while his top adversariea are struggling: Nadal can not win on clay anymore, Murray on father leave, Fed revovering from surgery and Wawa still not consistent enough (maybe will catch up to him as well). But I am hoping for a Djoko x Wawa final or Djoko x Kyrgios. To see how he will fare agaisnt an in form giant server.


Wog Boy Says:

“I do know you are a Serb living in Australia.”

Really, that was quite a task for the person of your IQ.. to figure that one out, congratulations, VAMOS.

This the price for guessing right:

http://youtu.be/UIqzAZDpmtY


skeezer Says:

@Giles,
“Since your English is putrid”
Knock off the immature personal attacks.
You’re just being putrid.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Your link says, “sorry page not found”:(


Giles Says:

Oh shut up skeezer. Speak when you’re spoken to. Did they not teach you anything in school? How’s your old man doing? Still with the walking stick?


Wog Boy Says:

“And not touching a racquet for 2 weeks didn’t do him any harm..”

Daniel, to say the truth, he was practicing while on leave in Belgrade with his mates from DC and his fitness coach was with him there, methinks, I always have a problem in spelling his name, his fitness coach:)


Wog Boy Says:

I told you he is not English, English people have manners and keep their cool even if they are staring into barrel..or their favorite is not doing well (understatement)..VAMOS.


skeezer Says:

Giles,
Bell wrung. You’re late for school.
—-
I like this language from Nole. He is starting to sound like Fed ;)


Wog Boy Says:

Definition of putrid:
” decaying or rotting and emitting a fetid smell.”

That is exactly what is happening to certain Rafa fan as of lately, you can even smell it through the mobile phone..no VAMOS..


J-Kath Says:

@ Wog Boy

Try Olbas Oil – its an inhalant decongestant.


Daniel Says:

WB, i think i read in another article that he said after AO he was 2 weeks without touching a racquet, just resting and enjoying family. But yeah, that was a long time ago, he probably had practice the last few 10 days or so.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks jane, I’ll have a look now.

Yiu are right Daniel, that was after AO.

One interesting thing about AO, when Nole obviously was distracted by those “well timed” allegations of match fixing, that nobody is talking about anymore..surprise surprise:) well, after that match with Simon, Goran Djokovic (Nole’s uncle) flew in Melbourne, the moment I saw him in Nole’s box I knew Nole is winning AO. He has healing and calming power on Nole, they realize that allegations are taking it’s toll and it was time for Djokovic “la famiglia” to act.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

I’ll if I can find it in Aussi pharmacies, but I am not sure if you are having me on, considering tha Olbas Oil originated in Basel, nevertheless, I”ll swalow my pride for the benefits of my wellbeing and go for it, at the end of the day Swiss do have best pharmacy besides banks and the GOAT.
Thsnks for the tip.


J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy

Only slightly having you on…it clears the nose when it gets stuffed with ….? whatever takes your fancy …fetid/decaying .?

..anything that prevents you breathing calmlt….happens to me a lot (sometimes).


Giles Says:

Hahaha. I see google was busy today.


Giles Says:

Here’s a slogan for the one down under ” Google is my friend”.
Now, if only we could get him to string a few sensible words together and get his spelling in shape that would be a feat, no?


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

That was great reading, great to hear members of his team and theirs opinions, really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

I’ll definitely try to find it, can you buy it over the counter or you need prescription?
Basel, I love you;)


chrisford1 Says:

Jane, thanks for the link to Team Djokovic. These are the people he regularly thanks and gives considerable credit to for his success. It is not just out of politeness.
To understand Djokovic’s rise and his ability to constantly improve and achieve such consistency – you need to look not just at him, but that team. And at the same time credit Novak with the smarts and management ability to have built and sustained over time – a first rate team around himself.

Heard dribs and drabs about these people, of course more about Becker, Vajda, and Jelena Djokovic – but a little here and there about his trainer, physio, on the road agent, travelling agent. The role Gebhardt Gritsch, who was a large part of making the fittest player in the 90s, Thomas Muster, is especially important. It was nice to see the team assembled in one article for others to read about. And I found out some new things.

Wog Boy mentioned Novak’s uncle Goran. Not an official Team Djokovic member but he is without question one of the most important advisors Novak thinks he has.
And his wife is definitely a core member of his team.


Wog Boy Says:

Ohh no, putrid smell is back, even with my bad spelling, truth hurts and VAMOS/LOL is back…go away bad putrid smell.. no VAMOS.

But before bad smell goes away, enjoy this beautiful point from last night, and then please go away and Sean, can you please open the windows:

http://youtu.be/us–PNzSEVI


Giles Says:

Hey everybody, the dude from down under is entranced with the word ” putrid”. Suits him. Lol


jane Says:

you’re welcome wog boy & cf1… that’s what i liked about the article, too, that we get to hear from the trainer and agent as well. it was pretty cool to hear their perspectives for a change.


J-Kath Says:

W0g Boy – Just ignore the bad smell from some commentators – you can buy Olbas over a Chemist’s counter – even in very big Supermarkets. Why not buy one for each of your protagonists and help them clear their heads???


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Very good advice, I couldn’t expect anything else coming from pragmatic Scotish lady, thanks, on my way to Chemist Warehouse.


Pauly Says:

GILES

Why do you want your idol Djokovic to lose matches ?
You’re so confused mentally buddy ???
Djokovic 18 slams by 2018 … Who’s gonna stop him ?
The buttpicker is in denial his career is over had been over since wrist injury & back injury in 2014
The grand daddy had knee surgery
Djokovic new GOAT

GILES should be happy


chrisford1 Says:

From ATP Site –
Djokovic is now second only to Bjorn Borg in career performances against Top 10 opponents (since 1973). Borg went 63-27 (.700), while Djokovic is 163-80 (.671) and Federer is third placed at 198-104 (.656).

“A true measure of greatness is how a player performs against Top 10 rivals in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Over the past 52 weeks, Novak Djokovic has been pre-eminent compiling a 33-5 record (.868) to lead the FedEx ATP Win-Loss Index.”

Dominance. And the story goes on.


Michael Says:

Sky is the limit for Novak from now on with no challenger in sight. Unless, he is haunted by some physical problems going forward in his career, he will in probability be overhauling Roger’s grand slam count with consummate ease.

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