BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2013
Novak 'Couldn't Ask For A Better Start'
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic finds himself in familiar territory coming into this year’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Djokovic has an undefeated 13-0 season record and with an 18-match win streak overall, tennis media is beginning to draw parallels to the Serb's incredible season start in 2011, when he opened the year by winning his first 41 matches and posting 43 successive wins in a row.
“It feels the same in a way, the way I started the year. I have great memories from 2011. That was by far my most successful year in my career,” said Djokovic. “It's very early still to say what's going to happen, so I don't want to predict anything. My mindset will stay the same, and that is to enjoy the moment, to be in the moment, to try to do my best in the present, and take it step by step and then see how far I can go.”
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At the Australian Open in January, the 25 year old made history by becoming the first man in the Open Era to lift three consecutive event trophies with a four-set win against Andy Murray. After winning a Davis Cup singles rubber in Serbia’s first-round victory over Belgium, Djokovic then captured his fourth title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships by defeating Tomas Berdych.
“I couldn't ask for a better start of the season, winning [in] Australia and Dubai, playing on hard courts, which is my most successful and most preferable surface that suits my game the best,” Djokovic said. “So I won this tournament in the past, and I like spending time here and in Miami these few weeks. Hopefully I can maintain the high level of performance and move into these weeks with a great deal of confidence.”
Prior to his arrival in Indian Wells, Djokovic flew from Dubai to Los Angeles to indulge in a fun night out at a Los Angeles Lakers game before headlining a tennis charity event in the area the following evening.
“It was great. I met Kobe, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash,” said Djokovic. All of them are great athletes and great personalities. I was really surprised that they liked tennis. And Dwight Howard was describing to me how much he was playing tennis and how he won the tournament when he was in the 8th grade because his teachers made him play tennis for the first time and he discovered that talent.”
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