In a press conference at the Miami Open Novak Djokovic was asked if he felt extra pressure in Indian Wells. The Serb won just one match in that tournament, against Bjorn Fratangelo, and then lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round.
Djokovic was making his first official appearance on a tennis court since his 15th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Did he feel extra pressure? "No, I have not", replied the Belgrade native "Of course, everyone has nerves, I guess, coming into a centre court, regardless of how much experience you have, how highly ranked you are.
I mean, you care about it. If you're feeling excited and also a little bit nervy about your performance, it means you care about it. It's a normal feeling that I commonly have to come into tournaments like this. It was nothing unusual really, except the fact that I was playing obviously in a big stadium for the first time.
I've never had this kind of experience, so I thought it was really unique. It feels like indoor a little bit. It's quite different conditions than from playing on the outside courts where it's quite windy during the day.
Center court has literally no sun after 1 p.m. It does feel like an indoor a little bit. But it's a nice court. They've done a really good job. They have taken I think a very bold step forward in the right direction, this tournament.
For us being part of the Dolphin, Miami Dolphins Stadium, is a treat. Hopefully, we can have even more people filling out the stadium in the next days."