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Bad Chef Djokovic Enjoys Miami’s Energy

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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic is looking to three-peat in Miami.

Novak Djokovic finds himself in a similar position ahead of his Sony Open Tennis campaign as he did a year ago. He enters as the World No. 1 and Australian Open champion, but comes into Crandon Park on the back of a narrow semifinal defeat in Indian Wells for the second straight year. 

At the BNP Paribas Open in 2012, he lost to John Isner and this past weekend, fell to Juan Martin del Potro to lose his first match of the season and end a 22-match win streak. The Serbian could face del Potro in a potential semifinal rematch here.

“It's still a long way to talk about [an] eventual semifinal matchup with Juan Martin. [I] still have to win many matches to that point, as well as he does,” said Djokovic. “A few points really decided the winner in Indian Wells. I was 3 Love up in the third set and had some game points for 5 4 in the third, [but] he also played really well. There's no question about it. He deserved to win, because in the important moments he was the player who stepped in, who was going for the shots and being more aggressive, and that's why he deserved to be a winner.”

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Miami has been one of Djokovic’s most successful ATP World Masters 1000 tournaments. He won his maiden Masters 1000 title in 2007, is the current two-time reigning champion and holds a 24-4 event record.

“There is a great energy about the city,” Djokovic said. “I have been staying in Key Biscayne for the last few years, so most of my whereabouts are here on the island because of the tennis. It's very convenient, very close to the hotel [and has] beautiful weather. Obviously South Beach is a very special location in the city where you get to have a lot of great restaurants, places to see and to visit [and see] a lot of young people. [It’s] just a very alive city. It's interesting to always see and visit once in a while.”

When fielding questions during his pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday, Djokovic was asked to pick one talent he would like to have other than tennis. The top seed revealed, “Even though I love cooking, I think I'm not so good at it. So I think I have to improve there. That's enough. I will tell you in the next one when I think about it a little bit more.”

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