A “chilled” Novak Djokovic met the press yesterday in Eastbourne, and the Serb doesn’t sound overly concerned or worried that a year ago he held all four Grand Slams, and no he holds none.
“I’m expressive, I’d say, with my emotions generally in my life,” Djokovic said. “I try to be as aware of all these emotions as possible in every single day, every single moment. It’s not easy. We’re all humans. We all go through our ups and downs through our doubts, through moments where everything seems brilliant and days where not so much.
“I’m just trying to embrace whatever life throws my way. I’m sure that what I’m experiencing at the moment is happening for a reason, and it’s there as a great way and great lesson for me to come out as even a stronger player and better person.
“Of course I’m different than I was a year ago or two, three years ago. I’m a father today and soon to be, hopefully father of two, so things change and life changes. As I move on, you know, I’m at the same time as confident and vulnerable as I can be because I’m human being. I learn through this process, and I’m open for any kind of lessons that life, as I said, throws my way.”
Djokovic also isn’t worried over his lack of match play heading into Wimbledon, though he is scheduled for play this week in Eastbourne.
“I’m not concerned. I try to take this process one day at a time, especially on the grass courts,” he said. “It’s such a different surface from any other. I mean, couple decades ago you had three out of four Grand Slams played on grass. Now you have only one month in the entire season played on grass.
“I just try to take things slowly and gradually build the form as I move on. As I have said, you know, Wimbledon is around the corner, so of course I want to be at my best coming into that tournament.
“I still have to trust myself, my abilities to play well, and to win against anybody on any surface.”
Djokovic will finish his match with Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday. That match was halted due to rain after the first game today.
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