Novak Djokovic: ´A Honor to Be Mentioned Alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal´


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Novak Djokovic: ´A Honor to Be Mentioned Alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal´

Novak Djokovic Press Conference N. DJOKOVIC/R. Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 THE MODERATOR: Questions, please. Q. You played the all time Grand Slam champion tonight; you might be playing with the greatest generation of players ever, and you're dominating them.

How do you feel about that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I wouldn't necessarily say I'm dominating, but I definitely am very proud of all of the achievements. You know, winning Grand Slam is very special for any tennis player when you are dreaming of becoming a professional tennis player.

When you are kind of finding that inspiration, motivation, these are the tournaments you dream of winning. So to actually relive these moments again after 2011 it's quite incredible. To win against one of the biggest rivals, as you said, all-time Grand Slam champion, somebody that, you know, always keeps on fighting till the last point, keeps making you play an extra shot, yeah, all these things now are very special to me.

Obviously I owe a great gratitude to my team and for making sure I can perform as well as I did, you know, all these years. And tonight is a night that I will definitely remember for a long time. Q. It's been said by players and analysts that Roger is playing arguably the best tennis of his career.

He played you so well tonight; pushed you back against the wall. Seems like when it was there you came up with your best tennis and your tenth Grand Slam victory. What did it mean to get through this match tonight and what does this accomplishment mean to you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it's been an incredible season.

I'm very fortunate to experience a great success this year. The season is not over, but the Grand Slam is over. The biggest tournaments that I have played this year, as anybody else, and I won three out of four. It's more than I could ask for, definitely.

Of course I do have lots of expectations and high ambitions whenever I'm approaching the Grand Slams or any other tournament, but, you know, now actually sitting down here with this trophy and reflecting on what I have achieved, it's quite incredible.

So I'm definitely very satisfied and proud of that. As you said, you know, he played great tennis throughout the entire year. I think as the season was going by he was elevating his game. He was improving. Now he came up with a different shot, as well, the shot that nobody has ever seen.

And it's been working well also against me in Cincinnati and also here. He's just not going away. He's not dropping his level too much. You know, I was saying on the court that he's always going to be out there making you play your best if you want to win.

So that's who Roger is. That's why he has won so many Grand Slam titles. And I knew that coming to the court. I knew he's going to be aggressive. He's going to try to disrupt my rhythm, and he's going to put a lot of variety in his game.

slice, chip and charge, come to the net, serve and volley. Which he did. But I was ready for it. I was ready for the battle. That's what it was. Three hours, 20 minutes. We pushed each other to the limit, as we always do. It's an ultimate challenge that I can have now winning against Roger back to back finals in Wimbledon and here, US Open.

It's tremendous. I'm really, really proud of it. Q. Everybody was always talking about your magic 2011. This year you made not just the slams winning but also a final which you didn't do in 2011. What can you say it's more difficult now to do a repeat, I mean, to do a second time than the first one? And also, I appreciate the fact that at the end of the ceremony you didn't say anything about the public.

Because today the crowd was against you as I have never seen any -- only Davis Cup maybe some matches. It was, I guess, very, very difficult. Can you say something about that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, the first question, yes. I think it's definitely more difficult to repeat something like that than actually doing it for the first time again.

I'm a different player, a different person today than I was 2011. As a father and a husband, you know, experiencing different variety of things in my life, it's completely different approach to tennis today. I feel more fulfilled.

I feel more complete as a player today than I was in 2011. Physically stronger, mentally more experienced, and tougher, as well. Trying to use the experience from before into every match that I play, and especially the big ones like today.

You know, I think being in the situation before helped me to understand particular obstacles that are on the way and how I need to overcome them, which I did tonight. And regarding the crowd, look, I mean, you know, there was a lot of support for Roger.

There was some for me. I mean, for sure, I tried to focus on the ones that were supporting me. But I can't, you know, sit here and criticize the crowd. On the contrary, you know, I think it's logical to expect that a great player and a champion like Roger has the majority of the support anywhere I play him.

You know, I would say super majority of places around the world are going to give him that support. Now, percentage-wise, more or less, I don't know. I'm not there to judge who is supporting more or less. I'm there to play tennis.

I accept the fact. You know, everybody has a choice to support a player that they want to support, and he absolutely deserves to have the support he does because of all the years and success that he had and the way he carries himself on and off the court.

No question about it. Me, I'm there to earn the support, and hopefully in the future I can be in that position.