Novak Djokovic believes that his semi-final win over Dominic Thiem in Madrid was not granted. The Serbian said: "Very challenging because he was in form, he beat Roger (on Friday), and won Indian Wells, Barcelona, playing great, beating Rafa on clay, yeah.
So, I thought coming into the match I thought he was the favorite to win it. So that's why it's a great win for me. I'm really pleased that I won against Dominic who, as I said, is in top shape and in the semifinals of a big event like this, in conditions that are quite favorable to someone who plays his style with a lot of spin, as I said I'm very satisfied and, hopefully, I can have another great match tomorrow."
On his controversy with the umpire about the time violation he got on serve, Djokovic added: "I think 25 seconds is fair, more than enough time. It is just that sometimes because of the rules -- the rules are basically that the chair umpire starts the clock only when he calls the score.
And I noticed a couple of times today the chair umpire started the clock during, while he was calling the score. So that's obviously something I don't agree with. But at the same time 25 seconds is plenty, in my opinion, of course.
It does play with your mind at times. You feel like you need more because different factors are affecting that particular circumstance, whether the towel is late, or you drop a ball, or whatever it is, you know, you want to get maybe time in the shade before coming back in.
And so all of these things spend a lot of seconds for you. And when you get to your line and then you start with your own routine -- and my routine is ball bouncing, which is not very complimentary to this rule and yeah, it gets you in a position to get time violation." Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday to win his third Madrid Open title.