Novak Djokovic spoke about Dominic Thiem who will be one of his opponents at the ATP Finals in London. The Serb said: "I think he was mentioning earlier in the week that this has been probably his best season, winning at home in Vienna, and of course that was a very important win for him.
Indian Wells. We know how good of a player he is on clay. He's been proving that he can play equally well on other surfaces. He's already established top-5, top-10 player. We don't need to talk about his qualities. Quality is great.
His dedication and professionalism and hard work ethics is fantastic, and he's a really nice guy. So all positive things about him. His coach, Nico Massu, that I have known for many years and I have played against him, as well, they are a great team and they deserve to be here.
It's going to be interesting to see how he plays against Federer tonight, and then we'll see after that." On how he manages to stay fit, Djokovic added: "Obviously, I try to take care of my body throughout the entire year.
Of course, as probably everyone else, I did go through some major injuries, thankfully not too many, and I value always the longevity and recovery and importance in my career very much. I try to surround myself with the right people and be professional, I guess, committed with the routines daily, because I know that in the long run that pays off.
That's probably one of the reasons why I have managed to be healthy and fit, I guess, and fresh in the end of the season, but also because I think mentally, you know, you kind of are obliged to draw that last, I guess, drop of energy that you got in order to finish the season in the best possible way.
So I kind of push myself and try to create even more energy for these last couple of tournaments. And also, knowing that I have done so well throughout my career on indoor courts, especially Bercy and London back to back, kind of every year gives me more motivation and confidence coming into these tournaments."
Djokovic raced to a quick win in his ATP Finals' opener against Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini on Sunday afternoon.