TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 13, 2008
N. DAVYDENKO/J. Del Potro
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. That was a pretty good performance. Can you
play much better than that?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, I think I was show
tennis much better in Miami. In Miami I think
was the best tennis what I play. Today was
Today we didn't play so fast, I think. Play much
slower. Balls was softer. We did long rally. I
see Del Potro was nervous, like losing first
set. In the second, he was already a little bit
I think less concentration and make more
mistake. That's was I have more chance. In
second set I have more concentration and play
better and better.
Q. Can you tell us how you feel about reaching
the semifinals, and who would you prefer to
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I feel great. You know, I
think I have chance, you know, beat Djokovic,
but I didn't, and today was my last chance
coming to semifinal.
Two different players. I think it should be
Federer beat Murray, I play against Federer,
yeah. Or if Murray beat Federer...
Really, I don't know for sure. You know, now is
Murray showed very good tennis in the moment. I
have against Murray much better result because I
won this year also match and I lost match, and
against Federer I have 12-0. I never win. It's
That's was I don't know. Against Murray I have
more chance. Doesn't matter how Murray play; I
have more chance I think. And against Federer I
don't know, because really losing against Simon,
he show not so best tennis I think in the
But you never know. Federer is every day
different guy. But for me it's Murray, I think,
Q. You're in the semifinal, but we also see Andy
Murray is in the semifinal in his first Masters
Cup. Djokovic also. Gilles Simon also has a
chance. Can you give us some comments on the new
generation of tennis.
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: New generation? I don't know.
I'm 27 and these guys are 22, 21, 20. It's five,
six years younger. I think tennis, it's not
different in the moment. Just I know I see these
guys have good baseline, running, you know, all
match, just try good concentration. I don't see
any change, you know, in tennis in the moment.
I know Federer was No. 1, and he have the best
tennis what I see. But another guys I don't see
really - not yet. Maybe in the future something,
you know, coming.
Q. Can you talk about the momentum or the
importance of winning Miami for you this year.
It's like the fifth biggest tournament, or so
they say. Did that give you a lot of confidence?
How important was that for you?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: No, every week is different
week. Miami was, you know, in April. It's
already forget. You know, half year already. I
need to show new result, another result, better
I win Miami, but I didn't make good result in
Grand Slam. That's was I really disappointed
this year. I hope I can for the next year
concentration for Grand Slam and play better
Q. Novak seems a little bit more serious this
year than last year. Last year he was doing all
his imitations. Do you notice that about him at
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: You think he's this year more
nervous? You know, some players, like not say
junior, young players, yeah, like 22, 21, he's
just first year coming, make very good result.
For the next year he know he's already a very
good player, and he need to defend points, he
need to defend ranking. Still No. 2, No. 3 for
the next year, next year, yeah? You start to be
serious, because you thinking you already coming
for another level.
If you start to lose some points to guys who
stay No. 20, No. 30, you start to be nervous,
because how possible? I'm No. 2, No. 3 in the
world, and I can't lose match. Then you start to
be nervous. You thinking -- I don't know what
you thinking, but sometimes, like me also, it's
possible. If you nervous in the match, you can
lose match doesn't matter against who.
Q. I remember the new racquet you had in Miami.
Are you still using the same? Can you talk a
little bit more about it.
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, but after US Open I say
racquet is not good (laughter).
Yeah, but I think it's still everything from my
mind. You know, it's in my head. I thinking
racquet is good, racquet is bad, but I know
sometimes is problem in my body, you know, what
I do, how I feeling every day, what I do in the
court. If I have good concentration, doesn't
matter I think which racquet I play, I can play
But, yes, stay with Prince racquet already four
years. Now in top 5. It's good result, I think,
for me. Yeah, but I want to play better. You
know, I don't want to stay top 5. I want to
prove something. I want to do some good result
by Grand Slam. I did semifinal, but I want to
come to final.
Q. Some guys say the season is too long and they
feel tired right now. It seems you never
complain and you always have good physical
situation. You also have few injuries. How can
you do that?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: You know, everybody tired,
but it's depends what you do after the match.
Depends how you relax and how you try to be fit
for the next match.
I know everybody have some pain. I know
everybody is tired and injuries or something
like this. But we try to recover as fast how
possible because we are professional player. We
need to recover in 24 hours.
If you didn't, if you not fit, we cannot play
the next day. We try different way how we can
recover fast. I don't say about doping, but I
say massage or something like this, you know,
(laughter), wife, and la, la, la, relax, you
know, in the mind (smiling).
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