BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2013
Djokovic: ‘We Make Each Other Better’
by ATP Staff|
Novak Djokovic had nothing but praise for his rival Rafael Nadal, whom he met for the 39th time in the championship match of the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Monday. The Serb defeated his Spanish opponent 6-3, 6-4, successfully defending his year-end crown.
“We push each other to the limit. We make each other better players,” said Djokovic about Nadal. “We make each other work harder on our games, especially when we play against each other. It's always a huge challenge.”
The 26 year old suffered a loss to Nadal in the US Open - and also in the French Open semi-finals - and used that as motivation to turn things around in his rivalry against the World No. 1.
“After the US Open final, I needed to take things slowly and see and analyse what I did wrong, especially in the matches against him, to understand what I need to do in order to win against him. There is a big team of people around me that are very professional and they've done their best in order for me to improve my game.
“I think the results are showing, that we had a great improvement in the last two and a half months." Djokovic followed his US Open performance with titles in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris-Bercy and now London, compiling a 22-match win streak that he takes into the 2014 season.
“This can serve as a great platform,” said Djokovic. “I'm extra motivated and inspired to work and get myself, first of all, rested and recovered in the off season, and then work on my game and get ready for Australian Open."
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