Djokovic Riding High In China
Novak Djokovic targets back-to-back titles in China
Novak Djokovic admits to drawing an added element of confidence from arriving in Shanghai with his perfect unbeaten record in Beijing intact. The World No. 1 claimed his fourth straight title in the Chinese capital last week to stretch his run to 29 straight matches there with a straight-sets victory over Rafael Nadal in the decider.
His focus, though, is now firmly on the Shanghai Rolex Masters, where the two-time former champion will open against Slovak Martin Klizan.
“The tournament in Beijing this year was one of the best weeks I've had in terms of performances and results,” Djokovic said. “I was winning each day. It definitely does influence my confidence. I think the positive record I had in the past in Beijing helps me to perform that well each time I come back.”
Not only does the Serb arrive in Shanghai bolstered by an impressive week in the capital – he dropped just 18 games en route to the title – but also having made it somewhat of a family affair. He even won a match with his brother, Djordje, before taking in one of the wonders of the world in his downtime.
“I've spent a week with my brothers, and I thought in the day off we can do something different than just spending time at the tennis courts,” he said. “We had half a day, an opportunity to do something. We went to the Great Wall and we had a great time.
“Right now in Shanghai, I don't have as much time. I doubt that I'll be able to go around. Some dinners in nice restaurants on the Bund … I think is good enough.”
With a season on track to rival his record-breaking 2011 season, Djokovic paid tribute to the relationship he shared with his two coaches – Boris Becker and Marian Vajda. “It's crucial to have the conversations, good communication, which creates a positive chemistry that later on results successfully on the tennis court for me,” he said.
“It took time for Boris to adjust in the first five, six months when he joined the team. Now everything works smoothly. Key to that harmony that I feel in the team is communication. They do speak more or less on a regular basis, especially during the tournaments now that Boris is not with us. He's keeping in touch with Marian daily, and with me as well.”