Sorry if this isn't exactly news, but I was reading some old Novak's interviews and it surprised me a lot to see that in what I imagine must be one of his first pressers, back in 2005, the very first question was about his respiratory problems and trouble at dealing with hot weather. And this goes on up to now! I mean, he was only 18 back then, and it shocked me to think how long (probably even from before this) he has been struggling with these quite serious physical problems. He sometimes comes across as frail and weak in the mind of some commentators and people, having allways some sort of issue, but I feel it's quite the opposite, he is actually pretty damn strong
September 4, 2005
NEW YORK CITY
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Can you tell me about your breathing problem and if there's an update since your first match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I was telling in the last two, three conferences a lot about my breathing. I said it already five times. I said it five times. I don't know what is the main problem. Today I didn't have problem with it. It was just exhausting match, you know. I would like to congratulate to my opponent. I just didn't play my best today. I was trying, I was fighting, and that's why I played five sets. I think I had chance in the fourth set. But I think I lost a bit energy from last couple of days. Yeah, about the breathing, I didn't have problems today because the weather was much better for me to play. The first day was worst, first round.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah. Humid.
Q. You won a challenger on clay earlier. Do you prefer clay over hard court?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I like all kinds of surfaces. Mostly in the last two years, I was making best results on clay. Now I started to make good results on grass and hard court also. So, yeah, since I have this problem with breathing little bit on the clay, it's kind of difficult for me when I'm playing a long matches. But I hope that I will take care of this problem, that I will solve this problem next period, next couple of months. I think when I'm finished with this problem, I can play much, much better.
Q. With your ranking, is it tour events from now till the end of the year or combination?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, no, I will focus now on bigger tournaments, tour events, Grand Slams, all these kind of tournaments. I think I'll keep the challengers. Maybe I'm going to play. I'm not sure. But my plan till end of the year is just to play tour events in Europe, five, six, seven tournaments, and to finish with the Paris Bercy. It's going to be my last tournament. After that, I'm planning to have a long preparation for next season.
Q. Can you tell me your training coming up out of the Juniors. Was it in Serbia? Did you go to another country?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I did. When I was 12, I went to Germany and I was practicing there for a couple of years. Then I was working in Niki Pilic's academy in Munich for four years. Then I went to Germany, in Frankfurt, for a year. After that, I had my personal coach. I was working with him almost a year. So our base was in Belgrade. But now since I started with a new coach, all new team, I'm practicing in Monte-Carlo since two months.
Q. And your coach's name?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Ricardo Piatti.
Q. Why the change?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Because, yeah, just because I think if I want to be a top player, if I want to make big results, I need some more experienced coach and I need some coach who will motivate me and give me the right advices to get to the top of the tennis.
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Wish him good luck in today's match against Roddick, afraid it's gonna be a tough one
Really hope he can pull it off! Ajde!!