Novak Djokovic Says He’s Already Forgotten About Losing In Monte Carlo
by Tom Gainey | May 3rd, 2016, 9:54 am

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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12 Comments for Novak Djokovic Says He’s Already Forgotten About Losing In Monte Carlo

RZ Says:

“There was not much positive to remember out of it.” Maybe the key to success is to focus on the positives and forget the negatives? If that is what Djokovic is doing, it’s working!

chrisford1 Says:

It is indeed what Djokovic does and talks about often. The power of positive thinking, how it gives him confidence, energy, focus. A philosophy that he tries making part of his lifestyle balancing it against the effect of thinking too highly of one’s self and abilities that leads to a swelled ego and arrogance.

Claims it is a huge takeaway from Serbian philosophers he has read, never read Norman Vincent Peale or contemporary motivational speakers.

Easy to be cynical but Fed and Rafa are positive thinkers as well, sometimes so much they sound delusional following a loss. And everyone can see the effects of dwelling in negativity – on Andy Murray’s game sometimes.

anki Says:

Good lad this Novak, now go win the French open, third/ fourth exit at Madrid, may be trying to have a good run at Rome and peak at RG. That is all what matters.

Margot Says:

That’s the way to do it, Nole. Wish Andy could :(

Wog Boy Says:

Rod Laver is another please;)

Wog Boy Says:


Thanks for sharing, Rod Laver is one humble man who knows tennis. He should be considered honorary GOAT.

Van Persie Says:

If Rod Laver said that, it was not only a polite compliment towards Nole…and it is also well known, that Laver is a huge Federer fan.
I like Rod Laver now even more then before :)

gonzalowski Says:

The great Laver will still remember that evening at Melbourne with the famous phrase “god, it’s killing me” of the supposed goat

Green Lady Says:

When you say youve forgotton about something, you obviously havent because your talking about it lol ! ….

lakie Says:

ha ha Green Lady,your logic is excellent!

Green Lady Says:

Lakie thankyou, nice to see you here ;-)) ….

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