SONY OPEN TENNIS
Djokovic On Haas Loss: "He Made Great Tactics"
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic bowed out to Tommy Haas in straight sets on Tuesday evening to fall in the fourth round of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami. The two-time defending champion believes Haas executed the correct game plan to pull off the upset.
“I congratulate him. He definitely made great tactics,” said Djokovic. “He used the serve well and he moved around the court really well. He was better.
“I definitely hoped and believed that I could come back. I was fighting. I was trying all the way up to the last ball. There are days where you just don't feel good on the court. Nothing really goes your way. This is one of those days. But all the credit to him for making me play this bad.”
A fan favourite on the ATP World Tour for many years, Djokovic felt the energy of the crowd urging him on to fight back and reflected on the disappointment on not being able to provide his supporters with a third set.
“I always feel really nice here in Miami. The crowd is fantastic and always giving me plenty of support,” Djokovic said. “Unfortunately, I didn't give them that third set. I wanted it badly. I was trying to find rhythm and that's the way it is.”
Djokovic will look to regroup ahead of the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals. Serbia visits the United States in Boise, Idaho.