Novak Djokovic is making his first appearance in Mexico this week after taking a surprise wildcard into Acapulco. Before his match today against Martin Klizan, the Serb talked to the press among other things Roger Federer’s big win at the Australian Open.
“It was amazing to see. Roger win the Australian Open, at his age, after injury and after being absent for so long. It’s quite impressive. I congratulate him for that. He never ceases to impress everybody, and it was great to see a Federer-Nadal final,” Djokovic said.
“I think it’s very important for the sport of tennis that these two guys are back in Grand Slam finals, winning trophies, because they are the icons of tennis. They have contributed so much to the popularity of the sport worldwide.”
Djokovic of course was stunned in the second round by Denis Istomin in Melbourne. A loss he says he can learn from.
“I haven’t experienced the first-week Australian Open loss for many years,” Djokovic said. “It’s kind of normal and expected to go through those times when you’re not playing as best as you can maybe, as best as you want to be, or maybe the opponent has an amazing day. It’s sport. You have to deal with it, and you can always learn much more from the losses.”
Now ranked No. 2, Djokovic has title points to defend at Indian Wells and Miami next month.
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