Novak Djokovic lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets, 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3, on Thursday at the Toronto's Rogers Cup, and in press conference the Serb showed his disappointment, although he recognized that his 19-year-old opponent delivered a great performance. 'I thought Tsitsipas played very well, and he deserved to win without a doubt. But I just played not that great, especially from the baseline. I didn't return well. It wasn't that great of a match. But, you have those days, and better earlier than later in this series', Djokovic said.
Djokovic had defeated Peter Polansky and Mirza Basic, but he knew that wasn't playing at his best. 'Even winning the straight sets in both matches, first two matches in this tournament, didn't feel that comfortable. I just kind of trying to find that consistency and the rhythm. The shots from back of the court in my practice sessions, I felt like every day was getting slightly better. But, today was obviously a tougher opponent, and he just played better in the decisive moments. I had my chances to come back in the third set when I dropped my serve at 15-40. An easy forehand. I missed it. But that's sport. You have to deal with these kind of situations. And I have to move on. And hopefully this next few days with doubles and practice sessions, I can get what I need before Cincinnati.'
Djokovic also commented on Tsitsipas's potential: 'He's definitely one of the leaders of NextGen without a doubt, especially this season. He's had some terrific results and terrific wins. He's showing a lot of commitment, a lot of discipline. You know, he's putting in the hours in the gym, on the tennis court, and it's paying off. I mean, he's very talented. He was the best junior in the world. If he keeps on going this way, he's got a good future.'
He now wants to keep preparing as best as possible ahead of the US Open: 'Grand Slams are probably the most important tournaments for me, for many players. But at the same time, I really want to do well in these kind of tournaments as well. These are the biggest events we have in ATP tour. I've won 30 Master series events so far in my career. And that stat shows how committed I am to play well in these tournaments. So I really want to do well. So, I mean, losing in this kind of tournament, it's not something I don't care about. It really frustrates me. But I have to accept it, deal with it, and move on. I'm going get into Cincinnati, the only 1000 event that I didn't win in my career, and hopefully I can have a good tournament. And then the US Open around the corner, which is the most important one.'