World number two, Novak Djokovic is looking to find some form ahead of the French Open. Djokovic is currently playing the Rome masters, andhas entered the quarterfinals of the tournament. Ever the family man, Djokovic has brought his family along to Rome. In a recent interview, Novak Djokovic speaks about his son’s influence on his life as well as his preparations for the Rome masters.
‘He brings everything that is positive out there in the world to me. Anybody who is a parent understands that kind of feeling of complete unconditional love, you know, that you get to feel for your child. So of course now he’s a boy growing up, starts to construct the phrases, sentences, starts to talk to you, understands you, responds to you, interested in playing different sports, games, activities.’
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‘It’s a lot of fun every single day. I was so happy to have him and my wife here, so I brought him over. It was actually the first time ever since he was born that I brought him to the tennis during the tournament. It was interesting to see his reaction. But he was fine, you know. He was comfortable, considering it was first time. It was a lot of people. He played a little bit of tennis.’
‘We were playing with the water, watering the court. He liked that, because it was very warm. He went around the club. There was a lot of nice kids’ activities. It was a good day, you know. He’s still quite young, I would say, to have him daily here. You know, it’s just too many people. But he’s gonna come more often.’
When asked about his current frame of mind, this is what he said.
‘I have been doing really my best to, you know, optimize my game to get it to the highest possible level at the moment. I’m aware that the previous months haven’t gone really the way that I wished for in terms of results, but again, it is what it is. I had to deal with the situation. I believe that the process had to happen, and right now, as days are passing by, I feel more confident on the court, more confident hitting the ball.’
‘I like Rome. I like conditions here. I have had plenty of success in the past in this tournament. So I think it all affects my overall feeling in this tournament, and, well, now quarterfinals, the matches are going to get tougher only. But I’m ready. I’m ready for the challenge, and I’m ready to see where my game is at. Hopefully can go in the right direction, and we’ll see how far I can go here.’