Would you believe Novak Djokovic has already forgotten about his stunning loss to Jiri Vesely in Monte Carlo last month? According to Djokovic, he has.
“I honestly completely forgot about that match,” Djokovic said. “There was not much positive to remember out of it.”
The loss, though, may have been a blessing in disguise after a busy start to 2016.
“I’ve had time after Monte-Carlo to be at home, spend some time with family, recharge my batteries, and kind of analyze what I have done so far in this season,” Djokovic said. “Because it’s been one of the best starts of the season I’ve had in my career. A lot of the matches and not too much time off.
“So it was great to get an extra few days. I arrived now a bit earlier and practiced already three times here.”
Novak Djokovic is back in Madrid for the first time since 2013. He won the title in 2011 beating Rafael Nadal, reached the quarterfinals in 2012 on the blue clay but lost in his first match against Grigor Dimitrov in 2013.
“Of course I’m quite a different player today than I was three years ago or five years ago,” Djokovic said. “I think more confident on the court and physically and mentally more mature than I was in 2011. Even though that year was one of the best seasons I’ve had.
“The conditions are quite different in Madrid compared to other tournaments,” he added. “It’s high altitude and the ball flies through the air very quickly and you have to adjust to those particular conditions. So I’m glad that I arrived earlier. I have some very good practice sessions and I’m just hoping to get the best out of myself this week.”
Since Djokovic didn’t play Madrid last year, the Serb can actually pick up ranking points and increase his lead at No. 1. The 28-year-old is 28-2 on the year with four titles. He opens play tomorrow against either Nicolas Almagro or Borna Coric.
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