Novak Djokovic's 2017 season starts over from Acapulco. The World No. 2, who accepted the wild card offered by organizers on Friday, arrived in the Mexican city only on Sunday and has in total 48 hours to get used to the new time zone and to the very hot climate of the South American city.
On Monday Djokovic practiced on Central Court at 14:00 when it was 36C. 'It was a difficult training session for me', he admitted in press conference. 'Hopefully playing at night will be more pleasant, because it's very difficult to play when it's hot.
I will have to get used to a place where I have never been to.' For the Belgrade native, his first-round match against Martin Klizan on Tuesday will be his first match on the ATP Tour in more than a month. It was 19 January when he lost to Denis Istomin at second round level in the Australian Open. 'I lost early in Australia for the first time in many years.
I won the title for six times playing an impressive tennis, but it's normal that it comes a result like this when you don't feel well. You always learn from losses, from what you did bad in order to do better in the future.
It's a lesson that the life gave me, so I have to move on and to go into my direction.' Djokovic also assured he is very motivated and willing to play well: 'I keep having passion for this sport, if in tennis you haven't it it's difficult.
I feel privileged to play the sport I love. In the last months I had ups and down, but I am human and can make errors. Life gives you moments that can make you stronger showing your abilities.' On the many points to defend from Indian Wells until Roland Garros (5,645), Nole said: 'I have been in this situation for so many times in the past, You have to accept it, to deal with it and fight for the trophy, for the matches as everybody else.
When I am the defending champion, I never approach tournaments as defending something because everyone starts from stretch. It all depends by the kind of perspective you have.' The Belgrade Native finally spoke about the Australian Open final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
'It was surprising to see Roger win the Australian Open, having had an injury at his age. It proves that you can play at a high level for a long time. To see Roger and Rafa in a final was positive, because they are icons.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'I admire Nadal's education, Federer's elegance while about Djokovic...'