Found April 01, 2012 on Tennis Panorama :

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic pocketed a third Sony Ericsson Open title on Sunday by taking out Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (5). Djokovic who won the title last year and in 2007 did not lose set during the tournament.

“Each one is different,” Djokovic said.  “Obviously the 2007 title was the first big title I won.  Since then I started making some really big results in the big events, and it was a big confidence boost for me, you know, strong wind in the back for my career.  I was still quite young and careless on the court hitting the ball very strong.

“But then over the years, you know, I got the experience playing on the top level, and I got stronger physically, worked on my game obviously, always seeking to improve.

“Last year’s tournament was great, as well, and, you know, finals especially with Rafa went the distance, you know, till the last point of the match.  Didn’t know who was gonna win it.

“Again this year, I didn’t drop a set, which is very impressive.  I’m really happy with the way I played last three matches against three very good opponents and top players, so this is a very positive thing, you know, for continuation of the season.”

Murray who benefited from two walkovers during the tournament including the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal in the semifinals should have been the fresher of the two combatants.

“I felt up for it, no question about that,” Murray said.  It could have taken me whenever, a couple of games to get used to sort of the pace of the rallies and stuff, but, yeah, I was up for it.

“I mean, if you look at the start of the match, you know, the game where I got broken, I was up 40-Love in the game and had game points and then I had a break‑point point in the next game and then another long game after that.

“You know, there was three or four long games there, all deuce games, that I had the chance to win and didn’t.  That was the difference in the first set, and then the second set was much closer.

“I didn’t return well today, which is normally one of the best parts of my game.  That was the difference, in my opinion.”

Murray added: “I didn’t feel sluggish.  Like I was saying, maybe it take took a few games to get used to the pace, but after, you know, the first few games ‑‑ I mean, there was a lot of close games in the first set.  He played better on the big points in the first set.

“In the second set, it was a very close set.  It was like an hour and 30 minutes, hour and 40 minutes for one set of tennis.  I mean, if I was sluggish and I was only a couple of points away from winning the set, I’d say that’s a very good sign because playing against the best player in the world.”

Djokovic is now 20-2 for 2012. With the current North American hard court swing over, clay court season begins.      Djokovic was asked about how important he Miami title is in preparing for the clay season and Roland Garros


“Oh, any title is big, and it means a lot, I mean, such a big tournament that is considered one of the biggest tournaments in our sport,” Djokovic said.  “I won three times here.  I think that says enough about how I feel playing in Miami.

“I love the crowd.  It’s a lot of support.  Night sessions are my most preferable here, because the crowd gets into it and you can feel that great vibe in the stands.

“I have been really playing well in the last couple of years here, so this is going to be very encouraging for me prior to the clay court season.  I’m gonna have more confidence coming into the Monte‑Carlo tournament.  It’s going to be the opening tournament on clay.

“I haven’t played it last year.  I look forward to it.  I want to start well.  I want to start strong.  I want to go deep in the tournament, and, you know, there is a lot of tournaments coming up.  Obviously Roland Garros, Olympics, Wimbledon, they are top of the priority list, but still, I want to perform well on all the others.”


Djokovic reflected on 2011 season after asked to compare this season to last year.  “Well, look, you know, the season was incredible, especially the opening five, six months of the year.”

“Every year is different.  So I’m coming in in this year with a Grand Slam win and now a Miami win, couple of semifinals.  I think I’m playing equally well as I did 12 months ago.

“But again, it’s different.  It’s a different approach.  I still want to fight for every title, as everybody else, have this positive mindset, not really defending or calculating how many points I can lose and things like that.  So every tournament for me is equally important.

“Um, well, I feel that, you know, being No. 1 and having the best year of my career in 2011 is ‑‑ you know, I’m playing at the peak of my form and I’m playing the best tennis that I have played.

“So I have to use that as much as I can, you know, coming into every tournament that I play.  The competition is getting stronger, I believe.  Everybody is so professional nowadays.

“You have the top players playing in all the top events, you know.  That wasn’t the case maybe five, ten years ago.

“So that makes it even tougher for anybody to win a title.  But I’m ready for it, you know.

“We all, you know, give each other, especially the top players, give each other a reason to improve always and look forward to, you know, to win as many titles as we can.”



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