Djokovic: 'Nadal, Federer played always on Centre Court, myself only once'


by   |  VIEW 4017
Djokovic: 'Nadal, Federer played always on Centre Court, myself only once'

Novak Djokovic wasn't definitely happy about having to play on No. 1 Court as third and last match of the day on Monday. The Serb defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets, but if the match had gone to a fourth set, it would have probably been postponed until Tuesday. Organizers also made a strange choice as the mixed doubles match featuring Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah was moved to Centre Court, instead of Djokovic-Khachanov. In press conference, the Serb was asked to comment on it. ‘When you have to face it, obviously the only thing you can do is try to find what’s best that you can rely on from inside', said Djokovic. 'The external, so to say, conditions, factors are there for both players, so you can’t really affect the natural occurrence, the wind, rain or dark or light. It is what is. So you just have to kind of accept it.'

Commenting on his preparation for the match, the former world No. 1 stated: ‘Well, seeing who was scheduled before me on the court, the matches, (Angelique) Kerber and (Belinda) Bencic, I think (Kevin) Anderson and (Gael) Monfils, I expected a long day. But, again, why spend energy on something that you can’t change? I mean, it is what it is. I just accepted it. I went with the flow of my routines and everything that I have to do to get myself ready for the match, if I get to play today. I also knew that there is a big chance of us getting interrupted by darkness, continuing the next day, as it happened for me last year. Those are the kind of circumstances that you just have to accept.'

He also revealed: 'Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth. Luckily for me it didn’t happen. I’m glad that we’re talking tonight after a fourth-round win.’

 Djokovic then made an admission: 'I think I’ve in a way earned the right to play quarter-finals on Centre Court, we’ve put the request with the organizers. Rafa (Nadal) and Roger (Federer) played all four of their matches on Centre Court, myself only one. I feel a lot of people are not familiar with this, but players asking to play on a certain court is not really uncommon, on the contrary.'

Asked if he expects to be scheduled on Centre Court on Wednesday against Kei Nishikori, Djokovic added: 'We’ll see. Hopefully.’

ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'I get just 15 Uniqlo shirts'