In press conference after his three-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha, Novak Djokovic was asked what his goal for this month's Australian Open. 'A trophy', Djokovic replied to the journalist who asked him the question.
'Why, do you think after this week I don't deserve to be contender for trophy? You said even after this week. I don't understand that comment.' Commenting on his long run in Doha, Djokovic added: 'It was a tough tournament for me, considering the amount of matches I played, both singles and doubles.
Playing with my brother is a pleasure but also you care a lot. I care playing with him more than with anybody else, so that's why it took a lot out of me emotionally. I don't think it affected me negatively too much prior to this match.
As I said, I was very close to winning the match. A few points decided the winner. He was the one.' Bautista Agut, who won the title in Doha after upsetting Djokovic in the semi-finals, was happy and pleased with the off-season he had had: 'I think the experience during the years makes you do better work every year.
I think my coach and my coaches and me handle it well. I had a very good pre-season. I had almost two months at home. It is refreshing for us and also for me after ten months traveling around the world and I start very good the season because I really like these conditions and it's good for my tennis.'