Novak Djokovic felt proud and satisfied with his three-set win over Marin Cilic at the Rolex Paris Masters. It was Djokovic's 21th win in a row which enabled him to reach the semi-finals and book a clash against Roger Federer.
'It was a very close match,' Djokovic admitted. 'It went all the way to the last shot, basically. I mean, a couple of decisive points in the third were the one that you mentioned and probably the break of serve at 4-3, I managed to find the passing shot.
It was very intense match and I think it was a good quality tennis as well from both of us. We tried hard and he was playing well. I was kind of going up and down. I thought I could have maybe served better, and especially second serve.
But, again, at the end of the day it's a win and I'm really pleased to overcome this kind of challenge.' Djokovic was under the weather at the beginning of the week, and he admitted that his health has not improved much: 'Not really.
I'm still struggling. It's kind of a flu. But, you know, it's not easy to perform every single day. You know, the energy levels are not as high. And, you know, I try to manage the situation. But I've had this particular case before so I hope I can, you know, progress day by day.' Asked if dealing with flu forced him to adapt his game to by shortening rallies, Djokovic replied: 'My game, I don't play serve and volley.
You know, obviously my game is based on the baseline. So I make some adjustments but I'm spending more energy probably because of the situation. So I make more effort, I think, running around and trying to recover. So that's the case.
I have to deal with it.' Djokovic reached the final in Paris beating Federer in three sets on Saturday, in their semi-final. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title