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Novak Djokovic: 'Today he could have won. These wins will help me'

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by Gatto Luigi

Also today Novak Djokovic struggled a lot to win. The Serbian player beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6/4 in the third set after two hours and a half. 'It was a similar match to the one played against Simon. I started well, it seemed everything went well and I was comfortable, a set and break up.

Then five games in a row suddenly. Conditions were tough, but it was the same for him as well. In some points I wasn't lucky, I hit some bad unforced errors especially at the net. He could have won, he had a big chance on 15-40 at the end and he hit an unforced.

On clay you should lways expect one more ball to hit. Courts and balls were very slow, it's also cold. But I am happy.'

'In the first hour of match I played very well, solid. Carreño was in a good shape and he plays well on clay, I thought I did well.

But I cannot hit so many unforced errors and lose four or five games in a row if I want to go far. Matches will be even tougher. I have to improve.' Ups and downs are clear, how does he explain it? 'I think the clay can influence.

You have always to hit well otherwise you lose confidence. Even if you serve well you don't have get free points. This year I have not been playing well and these two wins will help me a lot.' In the quarters he will face David Goffin: 'I respect him a lot, he is very calm, he works hard and is a very talented player.

He is very fast and he has one of the best backhands, he improved on clay and beat Thiem who is a great player on this surface. It will be hard.' .

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