Novak Djokovic sat down in the Wimbledon conference room a few minutes ago wanting to answer a few questions, but wanting to answer them in minute detail. There were five questions, all of them perfectly defined and with a clear intention: to enter the Serbian's mind.
How has his latest victory at Roland Garros affected you? What does it mean to be one step away from the 20 Grand Slam? How does he manage to abstract himself from all the media noise in the press? Above all this, including his first round against Jack Draper, he spoke to Belgrade in the absence of a day and a half to jump to Center Court to defend his crown.
“I have three people with me, that's what they have told us is allowed, the player plus three. Like everyone else, I am in the only official hotel, it is not ideal, nobody likes to be in a bubble, but it is not the first nor will it be the last we have.
At least we had good weather the two days that I have been here, now there are not many people in the tournament and that allows you to walk, tour the club, breathe fresh air. Once the tournament starts we won't be able to do it due to movement restrictions, but it's the same for everyone.
I've been feeling good these days, I've seen myself hitting the ball well, I'm focused on the tournament and I want to get the most out of it. Right now I have 19 Grand Slam so I know what the prospect is of being 19, I don't know what it will be like with 20.
Hopefully I can find out in a few weeks. The Grand Slam is the greatest motivation I have at this stage of my career, I have already said it many times. I want to make the most of these tournaments to reach greater heights, something I have done in my career, playing my best tennis at these events.
That's how it was during my last year and a half and that's how it will be until the end of my career."
Nole hasn't seen much of Jack Draper before
World No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic is all set to begin his campaign at Wimbledon, where he is the defending champion.
Novak Djokovic admitted on Saturday that he hasn't seen much of Jack Draper before, and that he had to pick Jannik Sinner's brain about what to expect from the Brit. Djokovic also pointed out that Draper would have the lion's share of the support from the London crowd, which is why he is taking the match "very seriously"
"I don’t know too much about Draper, I asked Sinner a few questions about his game," Djokovic said. "I have to do my homework, watch some videos of his performance in Queen's. He is going to have people behind him, it can be tricky, he doesn’t have much to lose. I am taking it very seriously."