Henri Laaksonen: 'Novak Djokovic doesn't give anything for free'


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Henri Laaksonen: 'Novak Djokovic doesn't give anything for free'

Henri Laaksonen analyzed his straight-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the French Open second round. The Swiss player admitted he could have done some things better." Maybe I was a little too passive in the first set, and he was too good on that one.

If you give anything easy for him, then he starts to attack directly. And then if I attack myself, it wasn't good enough. And, I mean, when I'm feeling good on my forehand, it's dangerous sometimes. So it helps me if I go for it.

And, I mean, in the beginning, I just didn't want to go out there and whenever I get the first chance on the forehand that I hit everything out, what I can with my forehand. So I didn't want to play like that. But then I saw myself in the first set that it's not working, what I tried to do in the first set, and he's just too good for that.

So I had to start to take risks also on my forehand. And, yeah, it wasn't easy out there. I think he was serving well. And especially the first set went really fast, and I couldn't get into the rallies really and to get it going.

And, yeah, I mean, that's why he's No. 1. He doesn't give anything for free. And I didn't get a lot of free points on my serve. Or also, even I served good, then I didn't have anything easy after the first serve.

So, I mean, that's why he's so good, you know. He doesn't give anything for free and you have to earn every single point."