SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2013
Djokovic Eyes Big Finish
by ATP Staff|
After winning his opening round at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, top seed Novak Djokovic said his sights are set on Serbia's Davis Cup final and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for different reasons.
“[Davis Cup] is definitely one of the top priorities [before] the end of the year.. For the team and for our nation, having an opportunity to win another Davis Cup title at home is a huge chance,” said the Belgrade native. “God knows if we are going to have a generation this good and successful again,” added Djokovic, who said he has no regrets about the sacrifices he has made to play Davis Cup, including sustaining an ankle injury during Serbia’s win over the United States in April.
“It's a very unique and special feeling when you're representing your country, it makes you very proud. That's something that nobody can take away from you,” said the right-hander. “It's one of the nicest feelings that I get to experience on the tennis court, being able to play for Serbia.”
The 26-year-old Djokovic said the year-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals are important to him as an individual, as he’ll be hoping to capture enough points to reclaim the top spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings from Rafael Nadal.
“There's several tournaments left for me, this included, where I will try to go as far as I can [to] eventually have an opportunity to get back to No. 1 [but] it doesn't depend only [on] me, it depends [on] Nadal,” said Djokovic, who said it’s important he continues to play well. “Now to build that confidence, try to [be more] aggressive on the court and get my game back to where it should be, that's the primary focus.”
The six-time Grand Slam champion said he enjoys using social media to communicate with fans.
“I have a big team of people that suggested [I should] be more active in social networks. I've been trying to keep up, I've been trying to return the attention and the love that I get, the support from the fans, because there's a lot of people who follow me and who have been sending me a lot of presents, messages of support, in the good and bad moments. This is something that I have to appreciate,” said Djokovic. He has more than 2.4 million Twitter followers, which is more than Roger Federer and Andy Murray but less than Nadal. On Facebook, Djokovic has nearly 3.4 million fans, less than both Federer and Nadal, but more than Murray.
Asked if he ever thinks about the inevitable decline in his game, the Serb said he is still enjoying his peak. “Everybody reaches the final stages of his or her career at some point but I'm not really thinking about it at all. What I'm trying to do is to enjoy every moment that I can to play this way, to be at the peak of my physical and mental abilities. As long as it's like that, I'll be playing this sport with [great] pleasure.”
The top seed plays Fabio Fognini in the third round, whom he holds a 5-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage over. “[There’s] a reason for where he is now, he's had a great summer, he's obviously feeling much more comfortable on the court,” said Djokovic of the Italian, who won his first and second ATP World Tour titles this season.