Q. You mentioned on court docket that enjoying Rafa at Roland Garros is the largest problem in sport. Are you able to clarify why? What do you must do to defeat him on Sunday?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Effectively, isn’t it apparent? He gained this match so many instances that I don’t assume any participant has gained that many instances any match. He’s misplaced twice in his complete profession on this court docket. Clearly the situations are completely different than those that we’re used to enjoying in Might and June. I believe that might be a greater likelihood for me, clearly the ball not bouncing as excessive over the shoulder as he likes it normally.
Yeah, I imply, look, whatever the situations, he’s nonetheless there, he’s Rafa, he’s within the finals and we’re enjoying on clay. Greatest-of-five enjoying him within the finals at Roland Garros, I do know that feeling. I did lose to him on this court docket a lot of the matches that we performed, however I additionally gained one match in 2015 in straight units in quarters. That’s the match that I’ll look again at and clearly attempt to take some positives out of it and use it tactically towards him.
I’m not feeling exhausted bodily a lot after tonight’s match, clearly virtually 4 hours. It was an incredible battle. However I really feel high-quality. I believe a day and a half might be loads of time for me to get better. I’m actually wanting ahead to an incredible battle with Rafa.
Q. He’s going for his twentieth slam title. You’re going on your 18th. Persons are saying perhaps that is the largest match you’ve ever performed. Do you’re feeling there’s perhaps extra at stake this time?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Finals of Grand Slam is at all times large. That is what you’re employed for all 12 months lengthy, each season hoping you can put your self ready to battle for Grand Slam trophies. However I don’t assume it’s the largest match that I’ve ever performed in my life. I believe there have been some larger ones.
When it comes to significance, I imply, if I’ve to check, although I don’t like, however in all probability the primary Wimbledon finals that I really performed towards him. Wimbledon was at all times the one which I needed to win as a child and dreamed of profitable. That’s in all probability the one which stands out. French Open 2016 towards Andy Murray right here. Each French Open last that I performed was the match of my life earlier than I really gained it.
Yeah, I imply, it does have a sure I might say significance and distinction after I play French Open finals to every other slam last. That is the one which I gained the least, so after all I’m extraordinarily motivated to attempt to get my fingers on one other trophy.