29 Masters 1000s (no one like him), 64 ATP Career-titles like Borg and Sampras. These ones are only some of the amazing numbers of Novak Djokovic who at 29 at his phase of his career needs 'to constantly look for more ways of inspiring and motivating yourself to keep going and aspire to new goals.' 'I hear it the first time now, and it's obviously very flattering to be alongside such legends of the sport, tennis players that I was looking up to, especially Pete Sampras.
When I was growing up he was ruling the tennis world. To win as many titles as he did in his career, it's quite amazing. It's an achievement that I'm very proud of. As you said, it's a motivation more.' 'I started very well; played terrific tennis in the first set - he said analyzing the match against Andy Murray won 6-2 3-6 6-3 - Couple of close games in the second, beginning of the second set, and then I made some unforced errors and double faults in the game when I dropped my serve in the second set.
I couldn't get back. He started serving very well, especially down the T and deuce side. Very precise and very strong. Then the match really could have gone either way, but we exchanged some breaks of serves early in the third.
Then when it seemed like I was closing out the match and having a match point at 5-2, he came up with some big serves again. The last game obviously got myself out of some trouble with some good serves, with some good forehands, but was very, very close.
Very close.' How important is this victory for him after the early loss at Monte Carlo and with Roland Garros only two weeks away? 'Yeah, came at the right time. I mean, I had an amazing opening four months of the season.
Early exit in Monte-Carlo, but it happened for a reason, because I needed some time to really recharge my batteries. Three weeks was more than enough to get some freshness and new breath, I would say, on the court and get ready for Madrid.
I came here early, got used to the conditions, and played a really fantastic tournament that will definitely serve as a great confidence boost before Rome and of course French Open, where I want to arrive in a best possible shape.' During his quarter-final match against Milos Raonic the Serb yelled at some people in the crowd who were bothering him.
Asked which are his final thoughts on the tournament and on its people, he said: 'Very positive. I mean, I haven't played Madrid since 2013, so three years. Been a long time that I played here last before this year.
I've had a great welcoming, great reception from all the people in this tournament, and everybody that was trying to make me feel like at home.' ALSO READ: Murray and Djokovic: ´We won´t be staying at the Olympic village during Olympics´ .