Novak Djokovic shook off a disappointing Wimbledon loss to Sam Querrey by coming into a congested summer hardcourt season fresher and better prepared, and so far so good after his 30th Masters title yesterday at the Roger Cup in Toronto beating Kei Nishikori 76(2), 63.
“Everything in life happens for a reason,” Djokovic said Sunday. “The fact that I have lost in the first week of Wimbledon allowed me to have a week more of the time with my family and just the quality time off the tennis, thinking about other things, recharging my batteries, and then coming in here with plenty of motivation to do well.
“So I couldn’t ask for a better start of the hard court season, and hopefully I can keep going in the right direction.”
His 4th title in Canada also makes him the first player in history to reach 30 Masters titles.
“I love playing in Masters tournaments throughout my career,” Djokovic said. “I have had plenty of success in this particular category of events, and I’m very grateful for that because I always value them as much as I value Grand Slams.”
Later this month, Djokovic will also try to complete the Masters set by winning his first Cincinnati title, however he’s not 100% if he’ll make the event.
“I’m playing singles and doubles in Brazil,” he said. “That’s a lot of matches for I think 10 days’ event. Let’s see how that goes and we will speak about Cincinnati later.”
Before then, he’ll direct his attention to first a first gold medal at the Rio Olympics which begin on Saturday.
“It’s the biggest sports event in the history of the sport, so to be part of it is already a huge privilege and honor that I will cherish, as I did in Beijing and London Olympic Games,” Djokovic said.
“The overall sensation is not going to be the same as the other tournaments, because it’s Olympic Games,” he said. “You represent your country.You get to feel that you’re part of something much larger than just the tennis event. I look forward to that. I’m going to try to extract that positivity out of that huge attention and energy that will be directed into the Olympic Games and hopefully put myself in a position to battle for a medal.”
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