SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2013
Djokovic "Feels The Love" In Shanghai
by ATP Staff|
Love and smile.
In securing a second consecutive Beijing-Shanghai double, Novak Djokovic exhibited his appreciation for the Chinese crowd by signing these two simple yet poignant characters on the on-court camera lens. Synonymous with Djokovic’s unrelenting passion for the game, the Serb embodies the concepts they represent.
"My motivation is always there, especially when I'm playing finals of such a big event. I want this title as much as my opponent. That’s going to stay forever."
A perfect 20-0 on Chinese soil in two years, Djokovic acknowledges the fan support and 'love' from his Chinese supporters as being a significant catalyst to his success. "We both had big fan support. Being able to play in this kind of atmosphere is really a pleasure.
"What I'm impressed the most with is the appreciation that they have in really being able to come every single day in front of the hotel, morning and evening, and wait for you, wish you luck, welcome you. For me that's unusual because I don't get to experience that in the other tournaments. I really respect that a lot and I feel the love, and try to return that as well."
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After three consecutive tight meetings with Del Potro in 2013, including riveting battles in Indian Wells and Wimbledon, the Serb had nothing but high praise for his opponent. Djokovic believes he has the potential to challenge for Grand Slam titles soon.
“No doubt about it. Since his first Grand Slam title in 2009, we all knew he has the caliber to be a top tennis player and always a contender to win any Grand Slam he plays in. With his serve and his game, for his height, he moves extremely well. He uses the court very good. He has very good anticipation. He's really mentally strong.”
Djokovic returns to Paris in two weeks for the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year, the BNP Paribas Masters, before embarking on his quest to repeat at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, his seventh straight appearance at the season finale.