Novak Djokovic: I Was Starting To Doubt Myself So It Was A Relief To Win Indian Wells
by Staff | March 20th, 2014, 6:00 pm

Novak Djokovic admitted today that he was starting to lose confidence before his big title win Sunday over Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final.

“It was a relief for me,” Djokovic said. “I haven’t played many tournaments; I haven’t played many matches. I knew I was playing well. I had an incredible end of 2013, so I did have confidence.

“But I started doubting myself a little bit on the court. I was struggling a little bit with my, I would say, consistency and the concentration.”

Djokovic came into the Indian Wells title match after struggling with John Isner, Marin Cilic and Alejandro Gonzalez who all took sets off the Serb. But that third set tiebreak win has mentally

“Throughout the tournament, I had ups and downs, but I managed to win four out of six matches in three sets,” he said. “Mentally it’s a very encouraging win that gives me confidence and that also is very special in a way. This time of the year I needed it very much, and hopefully I can carry that into this week.”

Djokovic has won Miami three times most recently in 2012. Last year he lost in the fourth round to Tommy Haas.

Novak will start play tomorrow against Jeremy Chardy. Earlier in the week the Serb was spotted at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

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8 Comments for Novak Djokovic: I Was Starting To Doubt Myself So It Was A Relief To Win Indian Wells

Hippy Chic Says:

Exactly Novak this win was a relief nothing more nothing less,whether its the start of some amazing run hes about to go on? that many are predicting only time will tell?its not as if hes invincible or unbeatable,as just he is just as much as every other player is,2013 was still a great year for him but he was just beaten by other players that were better than him on the day,he won IW and played great, but in some matches he was lucky,against Isner he was lucky when Isner choked away all those set points, which all champions have an element of luck at times.

Michael Says:

True this victory was indeed a major relief of sorts for Novak after the disaster that stuck him in succession at Australian Open and Dubai – two of his favourite titles. A loss at Indian wells would surely have lowered his morale going into the season. But this win would have reignited vigour, confidence and determination and he might take this as a launching pad for making 2014 another successful year like 2011. Let us see how Novak evolves from here.

metan Says:

Michael said nole wins as launching pad. That is good news for Courbon and his buddies here but not for me as Rafa fans. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„
But, I still bet on Sean jinx so Rafa will win.
Hi courbon what do you think?? Have you found the antidote?

courbon Says:

@ Sporty Spice: There is no jinx!!!Go and kiss Rafa’s poster and leave me alone…

metan Says:

That’s cool name. Thanks courbon! But I am still not leaving you alone. โ™ฌโ™ชViva forever. ํ ฝ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โ™กโ™กโ™กโ™ก๐Ÿ˜„ํ ฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„โ™ฌโ™ฌโ™ช

courbon Says:

@ Sporty Spice: Your boy played very well last night.Amazing forehand.I think he goes all the way in Miami.

salleh ahmed Says:

Florian Mayer withdraws against nole because of a groin injury
Nole gets a nica easy path to the semifinal

Hippy Chic Says:

Michael its not 2011 its 2014,3 years have passed since then,how about we have a open and well contested year with things been shared out Rafa,Stan,Andy,Roger,Delpo all have another level to go up yet too,or some other players making a breakthrough,i know your a fan of Novaks but does he have to dominate everything?surely competition is whats exciting not domination?and im not been a hypocrite as i know Rafa had a fantastic year last year,but really it was enough to see him back playing,i would to think tennis is more about been a fan of the game,not just been a fan of one particular player surely?2011 urgh no thankyou sorry Novak fans.

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