Novak Djokovic recalls: 'I played a terrible match, despite winning nine games'

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Novak Djokovic recalls: 'I played a terrible match, despite winning nine games'

Novak Djokovic was among the world's best players for the fourth straight year in 2010. The Serb was Rafael Nadal's and Roger Federer's most fearsome rival, but he could not solve Andy Roddick's riddle in those years, losing four straight matches and nine straight sets against the American at one point.

Djokovic and Roddick faced in the 2010 Cincinnati quarter-final, and the American grabbed a 6-4, 7-5 triumph for a place in the last four. Andy lost six points behind the first serve and fended off two out of three break chances while securing three return games to cross the finish line first.

The Serb had more winners and mistakes, trying to impose his strokes and control the rallies but spraying too many errors in the crucial moments. Djokovic described his performance as terrible, saying he had chances on the return in the second set but wasted them all.

Novak made a reliable start before Andy broke him at 2-2 to forge the advantage.

Novak Djokovic lost to Andy Roddick in straight sets in Cincinnati 2010.

Roddick grabbed the eighth game with a booming serve and wasted a set point on the return in the next one.

Serving in game ten, the American held at love to take the opener 6-4 after 35 minutes. Djokovic repelled two break points at the beginning of the second set before netting a forehand at 1-1 to fall behind. Roddick brought another game home at love to open a 3-1 gap, looking good to seal the deal after serving for the win at 5-4.

With no room for errors, Novak painted a forehand down the line winner to earn two break chances and converted the second to level the score at 5-5. Staying focused, Andy broke at love in game 11 after Novak's forehand error, saved a break point in the next one with an ace and moved over the top two points later.

"Overall, I played a terrible match, even though I won nine games. Every time I had to play a good point, I made an error, especially from the forehand side. It was a bad day for me. Andy did not do anything special, but he brought a lot of balls back, even though they were not that deep.

He made me play an extra shot in the rally, and I made too many unforced errors. It was a terrible performance. Andy is one of the best servers in the game, and it's hard to get his initial shot back. I returned well in the second set and had my chances in the rallies, but I made too many mistakes.

Overall, I had two good weeks. I feel the ball well, and I have to be more stable in the matches, as I can not afford this many errors," Novak Djokovic said.