World No. 1 Novak Djokovic met the press at Indian Wells ahead of his bid to win a third straight event in the desert. And, no surprise, it’s a tournament he really likes.
“Conditions are I think pretty suitable to my style of the game,” Djokovic said. “I like to have a little bit more time to construct the point. The game is based on the baseline. The speed of the court, the surface, I feel comfortable on the court. Especially in the afternoon, night matches, when it’s a bit slower. The ball bounces high, you know, as well. I grew up on clay. I grew up with a high bounce. I feel comfortable playing on these courts.”
In his last tournament match, the Serb retired in Dubai with an eye injury he says is behind him now.
“It was a couple of not easy weeks for me health-wise, but it was due to a lot going on on the court and off the court that, you know, caused maybe a weaker immune system that was more prone to those kind of infections,” Djokovic said. “Has happened first time honestly in my life to have some kind of an issue with an eye.
“After that it was the Davis Cup. It was not physically very easy those three days, but all in all, I feel good. I feel already adjusted to the time zone of the West Coast. I have been here for already several days. You know, going back to normal. Hopefully I will be able to play at my best from the beginning.”
Djokovic has won his last 10 Masters matches since falling to Roger Federer in Cincinnati last summer. The Serb, who has won the last two years over Roger Federer, begins play Sunday against Bjorn Frutangelo.
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