Novak Djokovic On-Court Interview | 2023 US Open Round 3Sep 02, 2023
that's her from Novak I'm about to talk to Brad Gilbert Novak amazing effort tonight how about this crowd and how much energy do you get from this crowd that takes you back two sets? For none tonight yes, I'm Leo, I mean, it's almost 2 A.M uh, you guys stayed, a large number of people stayed, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting staying and supporting both players. I hope you enjoyed the show, it definitely wasn't that enjoyable for me, especially the first two sets, yes it was. One of the most difficult games I have played here in many years.
Lots of credits to Laszlo for playing some of the best tennis I have ever seen played. Very good, incredible level from Laszlo tonight. What adjustments did you have to make? What did you say to yourself when you walked off the
courtin two sets? For None, did you give one of those wolf speeches? I actually did and I'm not lying. I did it. I gave a little pep talk in the mirror. Kind of a life that I myself because I was very angry and agitated and you know, upset with the result and with the game, but you know I had to force myself to get up to lift my spirits a little bit.
I have done. several times before in my career it worked sometimes it didn't work but tonight it did and I'm grateful in the fifth set did you feel like he was getting a little tired and that increased your energy level? a little bit better, I mean, if he was getting tired, I mean no, it didn't take much away from his game, to be honest, I think he played better in the fifth than probably in the third and fourth because he just started swinging the ball. , you know he was behind a break and he served very well, I mean, he was paying attention to his spot, very good, you know, playing at night obviously the conditions are slightly different than during the day, the ball bounces even lower and You know a lot of players.
I talked about the slower conditions this year and everything was in its hitting zone to be honest, you know, it was very difficult for me to find a solution. He was really a very complete player, quality serve in all aspects, forehand return, backhand, so. You know he didn't have much of a chance at first, but in the third I got it going and the crowd got into it, thank you all for supporting me too when I needed it and, yeah, you know, once I got it. the break in the third uh I thought, okay, you know I have a chance, I have a chance, I might as well try it, go after it and you know I started playing a little more aggressive, you know, I started reading their games. a little bit more than I have in the first two sets and yeah, it worked out well, but trust me, I mean it was a nervous wreck until the last shot, right?
Did you watch the score or know who you're playing next? and I'm sure when you play on Sunday whether it's day or night it'll be you and Coco, to be honest I don't care who I play next it's Gojo. I know, but not really. I care because what matters to me right now is just sleeping, recovering, and recovering. This 36 year old body, put your feet up, buddy, keep going, no back. Joke about 36, are you sure?
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