Novak Djokovic Doesn’t Sound Happy About His Level Of Play Right Now
by Tom Gainey | September 9th, 2015, 12:03 pm

For the second straight match, Novak Djokovic had to fight to get through a Spanish opponent. Sunday evening, he went four sets with the lightly-regarded Roberto Bautista Agut. Last night, another four sets, this time with lefty Feliciano Lopez.

The two had met five times before with Djokovic winn 10 of 11 sets, but Lopez proved a worthy opposition pushing the World No. 1 and even holding break points in the fourth before losing 61, 36, 63, 76(2).

After, Djokovic didn’t sound particularly pleased with his play.

“Just frustrating you play one sloppy service game in the beginning,” Djokovic said about getting broken at the start of the second. “Was 30-Love in that game and I allowed him to break me and the set was gone. I thought I played a pretty good first set, and then after that, you know, I was just trying to hang in there and wait for the opportunities. I played good beginning of the third. Fourth was anybody’s game, really. Didn’t have many chances on his service games. Played a very good tiebreak. That’s a positive.

“Obviously always things you could have done better, but it’s a win in four sets against a player who is in form, playing well in Cincinnati, playing with the confidence, and winning against some top players.

“Just didn’t want to lose the concentration, and unfortunately it happened. I had a couple of break points in the first game of the second set, and obviously maybe the story would be different if I broke him there.”

The good news for Novak is he’ll have two full days to tune his game before his semifinal showdown with defending champion Marin Cilic. Djokovic leads Cilic 13-0 but is wary of the Croat’s threat.

“He hasn’t lost a match, you know, 12, 13 matches in a row, so I’m sure that he feels confident,” Djokovic said. “He won today a really close match. A couple of five-setters he had already in this tournament. But he has a big serve. I think around 30 aces he had today, so the serve gets him out of trouble. I know him very well. I have played with him many, many times. We are great friends. Great guy. I know what to do, and I’m opening I can execute the game plan obviously and play my best.”

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6 Comments for Novak Djokovic Doesn’t Sound Happy About His Level Of Play Right Now

Brando Says:

Why be frustrated Novak, relax you got this in the bag baby! Next up is Cilic: a dud.

He nearly choked a 2-0 lead v a choker and has been crap all year. And oh: he’s never defeated you, has choked 2-0 leads v you and is already crying bad matchup to the press. Have fun in that one:

Tie your shoelaces together and show the world you can still beat the one slam wonder since you own him that badly.

Then it’s Grandpa in the final:

You can smile at that sight. You can run him ragged all day, every day.

So relax, chill, have some chocolate even since you don’t need to play well to beat the chumps infront of you:

They’ll beat themselves for you!

sienna Says:

excuses are already made for losing

The cincin massacre shifted the matchup in favor of Federer. Novak feels it and is talking himself in losing the final.
totally different mindset then wimbly.

Jock-KatH Says:

Brando – Is someone impersonating you?

AndyMira Says:

Brando..grandpa in the final?You forgot that said grandpa already defeated him in cincy?sometimes arrogant can bite you in the ass..

dapris Says:

was he trying to mock djokovic cause I dont get it

Margot Says:

New slogan for camera? “Being insulted by Nick works.”

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