Dubai after 1st round
Q. What is your reaction to Roger's news?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I can't really judge because I don't know what's going on. He must
have a good reason to pull out. But still I think even without him it's going to be a great tournament for the people to come and see.
Q. When you have a tournament like this that looks after the players so well, you
stay in a hotel like this, does it make it easier to play?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it gives you more motivation, of course. When you finish the practice you know you're going to come back to
the hotel, go into the spa and just on the beach. You know, the first time I came to this
hotel, actually, it's funny because I remember it all the time. When I stepped into the hotel, I felt
embarrassed? Why? Because it was two years ago. I left my stuff, my things in the room. I was
about to go for practice, and I dressed up as a regular tennis player, you know. As soon as I
came out it was around 5:00, 6:00 p.m., I see people dressed up in the dresses, jeans smart,and I was in a shorts and sleeveless shirt.
Everybody was looking at me in a strange way.
Q. You're going to get a nice seven-star hotel for Belgrade?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, we're going
to need more oil in Serbia in order to do that (laughing).
Q. Does Roger's absence clearlyimprove your chances of obtaining the title?
You won it last year in his absence. Are you thinking you can win it again in his absence?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I can perform on the highest possible level that I did last year here.
Q. How tricky is this first quarter of the year? You're outdoors in Australia, then
you're indoors, and then you're outdoors again. Andy chose not to play indoors.
Roger didn't play indoors as well. Is that tough to go indoors and then come outdoors again?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC:So I wanted to get couple more matches under my belt. You know, I wasn't
thinking of the priority of winning the tournament. It wasn't really so important.
Richard will be happy to hear that
Q. Do they talk much on the telephone?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I was working with Todd on some elements of my game like serve-and-volley, net play. I feel some
improvement in that areas of my game.What?