Novak Djokovic: 'Pressure is a privilege'


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Novak Djokovic: 'Pressure is a privilege'

Novak Djokovic has won all the last six matches played between Tokyo and Shanghai second round. The Belgrade native, who will face the American John Isner on Thursday said: "I don't think it is ever when you don't feel pressure, you know.

So it's part of what we do, but it's also a privilege and a sign or kind of an indicator that you're doing something that is important and that you're doing well. I think when you feel pressure you're doing well.

You know, it's something that is inevitable, so you might as well embrace it and accept it. I actually, because of the history that I had in this tournament and in general in the Asian swing and lots of success and lots of matches won in my career, I actually feel less pressure, you know, because I'm more confident that I can perform at my best."

Djokovic loves Asia in general: "Of course I am, first of all, very respectful towards my host, you know, which is in this case China. Last week was Japan. I think people appreciate when you pay them respect through learning a little bit of their language and learning a little bit about their culture, their heritage, their tradition.

I think it just makes your stay feel more comfortable. At least you have a little bit more, you know, friendly people towards you and more positive energy. And obviously it's one of the reasons why I do it. But also I'm very interested.

I like to learn. I'm open-minded. Obviously both Japan and China have a tremendous history and culture. There is so much that can be, you know, learned and experienced. I need many more years to do that. Obviously I don't have much time once I get -- once the tournament starts, you're locked in.

So you're kind of hotel, tennis, hotel, tennis. There is not much free time for you to go around sightseeing, but that's usually done before or after."