Having played quite a few grueling matches, World No.1 Novak Djokovic has had a tough time this week. And according to the gutsy Serb, the remainder of the week is not going to be easy as well, as he gears up for his quarterfinal match with Spain's David Ferrer, who impressed the tennis world by ousting Andy Murray from the Shanghai Masters 2014.
"We all know how competitive David is. To [beat] Murray is a big win for him. So I'm sure that he's confident. It's always tough," Djokovic was quoted as saying by ATPWorldTour.com. "You have to earn for your points.
He runs. He's [been] one of the toughest competitors around for so many years. I expect another exhausting match," he added further. Speaking of his hard-fought conquest of Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, the two-time defending champions added: "I congratulate him for fighting.
But I'm really glad to come out as the winner and stay mentally strong. That's why I won. I won because I fought my way through." Djokovic and Ferrer are scheduled to lock horns in the quarterfinals on Friday from 6:30 pm local time.