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Djokovic: "With such energy I would like to stay here longer" | Israel today


The tennis player held a press conference after the victory in the round of 16 Watergen Tel Aviv • "I hope to respect the audience and go as far as possible"

An hour after Novak Djokovic achieved his first victory in the Tel Aviv Watergen Ofen tournament, in the round of 16 when he beat the Spanish Pablo Andojar 0:6, 3:6, one of the biggest stars of tennis, this evening (Thursday) sat for a press conference and answered at length on the reporters' questions.

"Israel is great and with such energy I would like to stay here longer," said Nola about the atmosphere in the game.

"I hope to pay respect to the crowd and go as far as possible and of course lift the trophy, it gives me motivation, all the people are nice to me and even surprised me a little."

Nola added about the experience he had in the morning at the beach in Tel Aviv: "Today I saw people playing a kind of beach tennis on the beach", when he then asked what the game was called - when he gritted his teeth to say: "Matekas", and added: "It makes me happy, to get up in the morning And to see people having fun, and playing with sticks."


Easily skip to the next step, photo: Oren Aharoni

In the second set, when he saved 12 break points, he said: "It was perhaps the longest match of my career, he raised his tennis lift, I held my serves very well, but received energy from the crowd, a great atmosphere. I want to thank everyone in Tel Aviv for the welcome From the moment we landed, it's fun to be here and open the tournament with a win."

"There is always more to improve, we are professional players, I feel good and I have many good things to take into the rest of the week, it has been a long time since I played an official game, so I am mostly satisfied with the first set, when I hope to continue at this level."

Novak Djokovic at the Expo.

Everyone wants to see him, photo: Oren Aharoni

Before the match tomorrow he said: "I'm a good friend of Vasak, and we also talked about playing doubles together. I don't play a lot of doubles in my career, but in the new format in Davis you have to be good in doubles as well, we don't have good doubles players in Serbia, so I'll work on that."

On his reference to what it's like to be a star: "It's very important that I love what I do, in the end no one in my family played tennis, when I grew up in a difficult time in the country and it was challenging, so you have to extend what life gives you, you earned it, when A person believes that God gave me this, when he knows that many in my generation did not have this luck, when it helps me balance many things in life, when on the other hand there is no pressure - I am living my dream."

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Source: israelhayom

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