TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 11, 2008
N. DJOKOVIC/N. Davydenko
7-6, 0-6, 7-5
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. It was a very close match. Could you have
done something differently in the end?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, just say I make some
mistake by 5-All, and he break me. Just I think
was, uhm, for me unlucky point by volley. Should
be finish volley and then be 6-5 for me, but I
didn't make it.
Then after my serve, two mistake from forehand
and that's it, I lost my serve. Djokovic try
concentration, serve, and winning match.
Q. You were saying the other day about how
you're trying to stay the same for the whole
match, not be nervous. How did you do with that
today? Looked like you had a good time with a
few points, showing more positive emotion on the
court. Did you feel like you were having a good
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, losing match, no
(laughter). But normally, yes. I was all match
just try to be the same person - not like
Djokovic. Really, I was surprising. He play so
good first set, and then like I never see. Just
make only mistake, losing 6-Love.
But I know he's coming back. That's was in the
third set he try play the same, play very well,
and made good serve.
I think for me was I play very well today, but
only thing make not so good return today. That's
was maybe this is point I losing match.
Q. Do you think Novak's form is good enough to
win the whole thing? And also, please comment on
your next opponent, also.
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, Djokovic interesting
player, because like I say, play very well first
set, and he play also the same. Like we have the
same tennis. He play fast. For me was difficult
to control the ball.
Yes, but you never know what's happen. Like if
you see in second set he losing 6-Love, and then
he just concentration. He's come back. If he
play like first set, he can play good, you know,
and he can win Masters here.
But for the next match for me, say it's like
last match. It's important. If I win, I can
qualify. If losing, not. You know, then I go on
But, uhm, yeah, next player is different. Play
also baseline, Del Potro. I see today match. He
play very good baseline, but a little bit slow,
not like Djokovic. Good serve, but maybe I have
more chance make good rally from baseline and
maybe play faster.
Q. The match against Del Potro will be like a
quarterfinal. Does it feel different from a
regular quarterfinal because you have already
lost a match?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Maybe. Maybe. Because it's
your last chance, you know, coming to like now.
It's like, I don't know, it's different. It's
different quarterfinal in normal tournament and
Masters because it's different feeling. Because
now you know it's your last chance. If you win,
you're qualified. Not, bad luck.
But I try, you know, to be not nervous in the
third match. I want to be like today, play good.
If be lucky, winning match.
Q. The match that you played in Buenos Aires, is
it a factor here, the Davis Cup match?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: No, no, it's completely
different. Different surface. Different ball.
Different crowd. That's was every week is
different. I don't think it's something my mind
be in Davis Cup.
Q. In the early stages of the second set, did
you think Novak was maybe time wasting a little
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I don't know what he did in
the second set, really. I was surprising myself,
because in beginning second set play okay. But
then losing one serve, he start to try to broke
racquet, make only mistake.
That's was I start to make so many points,
winning points easy. And, yeah, I surprising.
But then I know now coming third set, and start
from zero, starting again like first set.
But Djokovic, yeah, I don't know. If he start to
being nervous, he losing games and points. But
if he concentration in match, he play very good.
Q. You already had against Tsonga a set point in
the first set, with a backhand volley that was
not very difficult, but you missed it. Is it
very frustrating with these backhand volleys?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: No. I already forget this
volley because I never make good volley in my
tennis. It can disappoint maybe Federer, you
know, he makes like this mistake.
But me, what I can do? If I play always from
baseline, if I did great volley, I think, wow,
surprising myself how I did.
It's normal for me, I think.
Q. Last year when you came to Shanghai you were
surrounded by negative news. I remember in the
round table so many journalists wanted to talk
with you. This year you cleared your name. Which
would you more prefer?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: So difficult question. I
didn't understand any words.
What's happening last year I think was big
mistake, you know, from this happening in the
tour, because after this never happen again with
anyone. And before also not.
That's was I don't think so something in tennis,
really have some problem, you know, with
gambling. I think tennis is still clear by every
tennis player because you see it's all year
tough to try investigating everyone, every
player. It's not only me.
It's good result, and I hope in the future be
Q. Did you decide your schedule before the
Australian Open next year, what tournaments
you're going to play, if anything?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah. I go to Chennai, to
India, my second experience by India. You know,
some player tell don't drink water, something to
do, really scare me. Normally I was already
there. I know what I need to do there. Just
important win tournament, I think.
Then, yeah, from Chennai coming to Melbourne.
Maybe play Abu Dahbi exhibition before Chennai.
Q. So you're happy maintaining your world
ranking between 4 and 6. What would be the major
challenge to become the top three player. You
haven't won a Grand Slam yet. When is the time
for you to win a Grand Slam?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, what I can say? Beat
No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 to be top three player.
Winning Grand Slam tournament, because every
result by Masters Series, by Grand Slam. If you
do better, have you more points and you have
It's very important for the next year from
beginning of Australian Open make good result.
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