Young Novak Djokovic: ‘Roger Federer makes everything look so easy’

The young Serb Novak Djokovic was among the players to beat in the first three months of the 2007 season, cracking the top-10 and lifting his first Masters 1000 trophy in Miami. Novak won the Adelaide title at the beginning of the year and lost to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and Dubai, where he finally grabbed a set against world no. 1. Novak was among those to watch in Indian Wells, gathering momentum ahead of the season’s first Masters 1000 event and reaching the title match without losing a set for a career-best result. In the first round, Robby Ginepri broke Djokovic three times. Still, the Serb had the response ready and prevailed 6-4, 6-4 to make a winning start before good performances against Evgeny Korolev and Julien Benneteau to find himself in the quarters.

Novak Djokovic praised Roger Federer after reaching the Indian Wells final in 2007.

Novak lost seven games in those four sets and shifted that form into David Ferrer clash, beating the Spaniard 6-3, 6-4 for a place in the first Masters 1000 semi-final. Djokovic experienced another relaxed day at the office, ousting his coeval and good friend Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 in 63 minutes to remain on the title course. It was a big match for both, but only one was ready to show his 100% after Murray battled against Tommy Haas for almost three hours on the previous night and twisted his ankle to make things even worse. With nothing left in the tank, Andy gave his best to stay in touch against Novak, but it was not to be for him, suffering five breaks and propelling Novak into his first Masters 1000 final. Speaking about his rivals, Djokovic mentioned Roger Federer and how he acts on the court perfectly, knowing how to deal with pressure and make every challenge an effortless obstacle. 

“You see Roger Federer, how he acts on the court and the way he plays; it’s just perfect. He knows how to deal with the pressure and everything on the court, making it look so easy. It’s a motivation for yourself when you see a player like that, as we all want to reach the point where he is at the moment. I know I’m young and that I had just entered the top-10, but I’m looking forward to future challenges. I feel good after five commanding wins, saving energy for the clash against Nadal. We are both fresh and fit, and I’m expecting a good match. I have to be as confident as I can, facing world no. 2 in a notable final,” Novak Djokovic said.