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Old 08-17-2011, 02:19 PM   #4741
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ATP List: Nole continues to lead the rankings


After winning his ninth ATP trophy in 2011 in Montreal, Nole has increased his lead over Rafael Nadal in the ATP Ranking List.

The world’s best player is holding no.1 spot in the list released today, on Monday, August 15, with 13,500 points, 2,080 more than Nadal and 4,300 more than Federer.

ATP top 10 as of August 15:

1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 13.500
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 11,420
3. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 9,200
4. Andy Murray (Great Britain) 5,715
5. Robin Soderling (Sweden) 4,235
6. David Ferrer (Spain) 4,200
7. Mardy Fish (USA) 3,060
8. Gael Monfils (France) 2,995
9. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 2,420
10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 2,305

Novak has only 180 points to defend this week in Cincinnati.

In the doubles rankings, the 24-year-old Serb has climbed 44 positions and is now ranked no.196 with 360 points.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:13 PM   #4742
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According to Serbian media who got it from French media, Nole's apartment in Monte Carlo was broken into last night.

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MONTE KARLO - Flat world's best tennis player Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo was stripped off last night, a French media said that so far no information about the possible harms.

Local media reports suggest that the thieves unless skupocenog furniture could not find any other values, because Djokovic is not kept in the apartment.

Serbian tennis player most of the year does not live in an apartment in Monte Carlo for participation in tournaments around the world.

Djokovic is currently located in Cincinnati, where he will play tonight, second round match against American Rajana Herison.
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According to Serbian media who got it from French media, Nole's apartment in Monte Carlo was broken into last night.

http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Hronika/271...-u-Monte-Karlu
At the risk of sounding like a nutcase for no particular reason, something made me feel anxious, whenever thinking about him yesterday. Maybe this, not today's match, is what it was for.
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Well he just tweeted and everything seems fine so maybe the story wasn't true, or nothing too serious happened

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I couldn't find any other aricle, not from serbian, not from french (or Monte carlo) press. Blic/Mondo/Republika Srpska source is SRNA, agency from Bosnia...but Blic is among reliable newspappers, they're using reliable sources. I'm just wondering why 'nobody' here didn't tell a word about it (Politika, RTS, Fox, B92, Tanjug, Beta & Fonet agences...)
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guys as you probably know, monte carlo has cameras covering every square meter of the city, i was there last year and that was one of the first things that i noticed there. i think that noles house/appartment is fine
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guys as you probably know, monte carlo has cameras covering every square meter of the city, i was there last year and that was one of the first things that i noticed there. i think that noles house/appartment is fine
Yeah, sounds weird to me, Wozniacki and other tennis players live in the same building so they must have the most high-tech of security. Btw have they got some laws about paparazzi there because Nole's been living there for 4 years or whatever it is now and you never see any pictures of him, at the beach or anywhere. As soon as he steps over the border to the South of France then...papped straight away.
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Yeah, sounds weird to me, Wozniacki and other tennis players live in the same building so they must have the most high-tech of security. Btw have they got some laws about paparazzi there because Nole's been living there for 4 years or whatever it is now and you never see any pictures of him, at the beach or anywhere. As soon as he steps over the border to the South of France then...papped straight away.
well i im not sure about the laws over there. when we see nole at the beach, is that in monaco? im sure it must be , but then how do people get those pictures, maybe they are tourists? a friend over there has seen him walking around and traning at the monoco tennis club (outside monaco, trust me i played there , but lost ) and he said there were cameras everywehere, so maybe there is a law about it. it seems fair enough to me though . what do you think?

oh and do you know what building nole lives in? lol my friend said its very close to the casino.

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well i im not sure about the laws over there. when we see nole at the beach, is that in monaco? im sure it must be , but then how do people get those pictures, maybe they are tourists? a friend over there has seen him walking around and traning at the monoco tennis club (outside monaco, trust me i played there , but lost ) and he said there were cameras everywehere, so maybe there is a law about it. it seems fair enough to me though . what do you think?

oh and do you know what building nole lives in? lol my friend said its very close to the casino.

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No, that's what I'm saying. Those pics at the beach this Summer were from St. Tropez, but none from Monte Carlo, even though he spent some of his holidays there too. In other years he's been pictured on the beach in Dubai etc. but there's never any media photos of him in M.C( outside of the tournament). I'm sure if you walked around, you'd see him like your friend says, but I'm not sure the paparazzi are free to publish photos. If this is the case, it's good. Nole always talks about the total privacy he has in MC.

No, I don't know the building Just heard that Wozniacki is his neighbour and he also said once that Vilas lives there too. I also know Ljubicic and Soderling( among other players) live in MC, whether in the same building or not I don't know.
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Yep, just looked it up and found these quotes from an article about Piers Morgan's documentary on Monaco

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One reason is the privacy it affords him. "It's unique. Press photographers are banned from doing unofficial work, and you never, ever, see them here. Nobody bothers me here, and I value that."

U2 rock star Bono, who I bumped into one evening during filming, summed it up more succinctly: "Best thing about Monaco? No f****** paparazzi!"
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# Cincinnati, 16th August 2011, Preview

Q. I know you get these questions a lot nowadays, but talk your impressive season and how you've been able to stay so strong throughout.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yes, the season was more than great; it was fantastic, and still is going. I have no intention of stopping here. I still have a great desire and great motivation to win every single match that I play on.
I think just keeping the things very simple in my daily routine helped me a lot to come back, even though after I had a long rest, come back very strong.
And I played a really, really good tournament in Montréal.

Q. If you could pick one aspect of the setting of the table last year coming into this year, whether it's the US Open final or the Davis Cup Championship, what would that be?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, there were a couple of matches that helped me to get to where I am. Probably Davis Cup was one of them, and the US Open tournament overall.
But just, you know, in the second part of 2010 I felt that I'm getting my game back. I felt that I'm just feeling more comfortable on the court, I have more self-belief, and I just know what to do.
It was a matter of time when I got all things together for me mentally and physically. That was the case, you know.
Really, since the beginning of the year I have been really sharp on the court, believing that I can win the big matches, and using the experience that I had in the last three, four years.

Q. You've been beating Nadal like a drum this year. What's your secret against him specifically? Because he was No. 1 before you. How have you been doing it so consistently to beat him on so many different surfaces?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, obviously with a different surface the different adjustment comes into play and different tactics. But we played so many matches against each other that we know each other really well. There is no secrets.
Against the top players at the top level, it always comes down to a very few points that decide the winner. But that's why I think in the end this is a very mental sport. You know, that's why you need to have a lot of self-belief on the court, that you know that you have quality to beat the best players in the world.
That was the case, more or less. There were matches when I played against him this summer on clay when I wasn't feeling physically great, but I was just stepping in and believing that my shots are good enough to win against him.
You know, I think that that brought me the success.

Q. What do you think separates the very good returner of serve from the great returners of serve? What do the great ones do or what's the key?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I don't think it's only the return we are talking about here. It's what comes after that. I think how you, you know, position yourself after a return for the point. I think that's crucial.
Again, we're all great tennis players. I think there is not much difference game-wise between the top players and maybe the top 20, top 30 players in the world. We are all working very hard on the court, spending a lot hours and putting a lot work into tennis and into physical condition and everything.
But in the end, it's the ability to cope with the pressure, ability to, you know, sustain that confidence and to go for the shots when you need to.
It's experience in the end. If you play many matches, many big matches on a big stage, then you somehow feel after a while comfortable when you step on the big courts.

Q. After you won Wimbledon this year, there was talk on ESPN about the gluten free diet. Talk about your off-court eating habits and how that helps you.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It helped. You know, I changed my diet, and...

Q. From what to what?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Gluten free officially.

Q. Yeah, but I mean from what...
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I cannot tell you everything. There are things that I keep for myself. How can I explain this simply? Gluten free pasta, rice.
The way people were assessing that was as that diet was the major impact on my success, and it wasn't.
It was a change that helped me, but I think that just the overall assessment of my success is my agility as a player, as a person. I got stronger in a couple elements in my game and I just got better.
I think that was the whole key.

Q. You've defeated Mardy Fish. He's come a long way, too. Talk about what you think of him right now.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think he's playing the best tennis of his career, to be honest. I have been competing with him for the last couple of years, and, you know, he moves much better on the court nowadays and he's fitter.
I think mentally he just believes it more against top players. He was obviously unfortunate in our last match couple days ago in Montréal, you know, where it was a very even match, three sets.
But he's right up there, you know. He's a top 10 player of the world, he's the top American, and he deserves to be there.

Q. What's the funnest or most interesting thing you've got to do since became No. 1?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I didn't have any funny, crazy things that I've done. It was more necessary for me to have a good rest and good holiday.
So after Wimbledon I went for Davis Cup; that was wild. But after the Davis Cup I took some time off, about two weeks, and then I started preparing.
You see, it hasn't changed much for me. My approach is really the same. My routine, you know, preparation for tournaments, practices, nothing has changed really. It's all the same.
I think that helps me to, you know, stay where I am, to stay grounded, to stay focused, and to stay determined and professional.
I think it's the only way for me to be able to hold this place where I am. There is a lot of temptations, of course. There is more attention from the world of sport towards me and my career.
But I think with a really good group of people that is around me, I'm handling it well.

Q. Talk about your airplane ad a little bit.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Airplane?

Q. Yeah.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I wouldn't recommend anybody to do that really. It was a crazy experience. I did it five months ago, though.

Q. Talk about changes that you made to your serve. Roddick thinks you've improved that a lot in recent years. You lost to him last year here.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, well, I agree. You know, that's one of the shots in my game that I have improved by a small percentage, but still it helped me a lot to get to where I am.
But it was the hard work that I put in over this period of let's say 12 to 15 months in which I struggled a lot with that stroke in my game. Since I changed the racquet, I had some difficulties to get to the old habit of serving to the old movement. I changed completely the technique for no reason. Once it gets into your head, it's really hard to get it back.
But I was patient. I was patient and working with my coach on the mental side and putting a lot hours in on the court, and here it goes. I think it's really helpful at this level on any surface to get some free points on the serve.

Q. You recently were awarded a very prestigious religious award. How has your faith played a role in your life?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Interesting question. I think it plays an important role in my life, not just in tennis. You know, faith is something that you always to have keep, it always has to be present, regardless in what situation and condition you are.
You know, there were times that I was struggling mentally and emotionally, especially about a year, year and a half ago, and I really didn't know if I can make it, if I can get it No. 1.
You know, there was a lot of things that were affecting my game and affecting my career that I was trying to clear up, and I did. I did because I had faith in myself and I fought my way through.

Q. The more you win, seems the more crowded your player' box gets, especially at Grand Slam events. Do you find you're actually having to turn people away? How do you handle all of those people just wanting to watch your matches, not necessarily from your family, from the outside?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, well, you know, it's not easy to handle, definitely, that many people. But, look, it was first Wimbledon finals; last year was US Open final. So I did have lots of people that wanted to come, friends of the family and lots of people who want to support.
Of course it's always nice when you have a big support, but sometimes it gets too crowded. So I ensure you I will not have that many people ever again.




# Cincinnati, 17th August 2011, R2: Djokovic def. Harrison 6-2, 6-3

Q. Kind of an odd way to start the match with so many breaks of serve.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah.

Q. Did that affect the way that you played?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it was a slow start, not a good start. But, yeah, I was serving not so great today. I think everything else was quite good.
You know, from the baseline I wasn't making a lot of unforced errors. I was returning a lot of balls in and played quite good really for the opening match.
But I knew it's an opening match. It's totally different conditions from Montréal, so you got to get used to that.

Q. Could you compare the conditions from last week to this week, the speed of the courts?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Faster. Much faster here. Ball flies through the air faster, so it's really hard to control.

Q. Do you prefer this week to last week?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I prefer last week. (Smiling.)

Q. When other players who have been around longer and are more established talk about Ryan Harrison coming up, what do they say about him - including yourself?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, Ryan has a lot of potential in his game, I think. He knows when to use the opportunity to come to the net, he mixes up his serve, his serve is quite good. Today he didn't have quite a high first serve percentage, so it didn't help him that much.
But if he gets that serve 60%, 70% in, he can be really dangerous to anybody. I think he's a great fighter. He's committed to the game, which is really important.

Q. When you see his anger that he shows so often during matches, do you think that hurts his development?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, I don't think there is anything bad with that. Over the time, he's going to learn how to use his experience on the court. He will learn how to control his emotions. It's all a process.
His emotions are showing me that he wants to win and he's out there to win, not just play his best tennis. That's something that I like about him.

Q. What's your opinion of back-to-back Masters 1000s? Would you like to see them spread out?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: The way the schedule is, I don't think that's possible. There has to be some radical changes in the schedule if we want that. I don't see that happening.
But, yeah, I don't think it's very good for the players to play all the time on the top level every single day in two weeks just before the Grand Slam.
But that's the way it goes. It's not the first year we have that. You know, you have to just adjust to it.

Q. What were you not happy with in your game tonight?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I just said. It was the serve. Everything else was okay.

Q. I have a follow-up to a question you answered yesterday about the players' box at the Open final last year or the Wimbledon final this year. When you looked up in the box, were there any faces you did not recognize, that you did not necessarily know who the people were?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, look, you know, I really don't want to get into that. I don't want to get into the details. I said yesterday, and I'm going to repeat again: I had too many people, and it was somehow expected because all those people, the ones that were close to me and the friends of my family, they wanted to be there because it's my first Wimbledon finals and US Open.
But, you know, now it's going to be a bit different.

Q. Another player told me he finds it disconcerting when he looks up and sees someone who hasn't necessarily been on the journey with him; is that how you feel?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Depends. I cannot answer in the name of other players. You know, I don't really pay too much attention on who's in my box rather than my team. When I look in my box, I look to my coach, to the closest ones on the team. I think most of the players do.
So regardless who's there, I need to do my job on the court and to win.

Q. Do you feel that your game is where it needs to be before the US Open? Rafa's is the defending champion, but you beat him several times this year, and on hardcourts. Do you think you're ready to go in there and try and get back to the final and win it this time?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I think so.

Q. You've had such an incredible year and you've set all these records and have a very good win/loss record. On the other hand, Serena Williams who is considered the US Open favorite on the women's side at this point pulled out of this tournament to get herself in better shape to play the US Open. With that in mind, is it important for you to keep this one loss through this week and to win this tournament, or is it more about getting ready for New York?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: You know, performing the best tennis is the priority in New York. But still, I will not, you know, play matches on this tournament just to get some practice. I don't do that. I go to every match to win.
So since I came here, I will give my best to every match to win. So we'll see how far I can go. I am not predicting anything.
But, you know, in the past years I did play couple of finals here and then I got to the late stages of the US Open, so it's not something that I think can affect my performance on the US Open physically as well.
There is still a week, which is more than enough for me to rest and get ready.

Q. When you were in L.A. recently, did you have a chance to hit with Sampras or anything like that? I know he was a player you looked up to.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, unfortunately not. He got hurt on golf, but we had a nice dinner in L.A. and it was a very a valuable experience for me.

Q. Did he give you any advice on how to handle No. 1?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes.

Q. What did he say?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: We spoke about many things, and of course I was interested how he was feeling when everything got together for him, when he won his first couple Grand Slams, when he became No. 1.
It was great. He was always the person that I was looking up to. He was always the tennis player that was my idol. So to be able to sit down with him and have the opportunity to get advice from him, hopefully I can use that experience.

Q. Do you want to play him in an exhibition?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Would love to. Would love to just hit with him. I'm always open for that.

Q. Who picked up the check at dinner? (Laughter.)
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It was Pete. He was the host.

Q. When you go to New York, you're going to see these giant buss billboards with your picture on it advertising the US Open. What's it like to be the face of tennis now?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It's flattering and it's great. You know, I guess that's something that follows up with the success and with the position that I have at this moment as No. 1.
I know that there is a certain increase in the responsibility of me carrying myself on and off the court. I'm trying to do it as best as I can.
It's all fresh, it's all new, but it's a challenge. I'm ready to accept that.

Q. Jelena was saying the other day about getting a diplomatic passport and being a goodwill ambassador. Have you got something similar to that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah.

Q. Over the years, have you felt that the success that Serbian tennis players have had, the girls as well, has that changed, do you think, the world's perception of Serbia and the image of the country? Is that something you've been happy to see or been conscious of?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, as far as I know, in the world of sport, I think we have done a good job in changing the image positively. We were doing our best. You know, it's not an easy task to do, but tennis players and other athletes in Serbia are, I think, the biggest ambassadors of our country at this moment.
The country is aware of that, and giving us diplomatic passports was one of appreciation moves I think they have. We are honored to have these passports. It makes our traveling a bit easier, and of course we do carry this responsibility everywhere we go to represent or country in the best possible way.


* Ryan's presser Lots of match analysis.
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CINCINNATI, OHIO

N. DJOKOVIC/R. Harrison
6-2, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Kind of an odd way to start the match with so many breaks of serve.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah.

Q. Did that affect the way that you played?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it was a slow start, not a good start. But, yeah, I was serving not so great today. I think everything else was quite good.
You know, from the baseline I wasn't making a lot of unforced errors. I was returning a lot of balls in and played quite good really for the opening match.
But I knew it's an opening match. It's totally different conditions from Montréal, so you got to get used to that.

Q. Could you compare the conditions from last week to this week, the speed of the courts?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Faster. Much faster here. Ball flies through the air faster, so it's really hard to control.

Q. Do you prefer this week to last week?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I prefer last week. (Smiling.)

Q. When other players who have been around longer and are more established talk about Ryan Harrison coming up, what do they say about him - including yourself?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, Ryan has a lot of potential in his game, I think. He knows when to use the opportunity to come to the net, he mixes up his serve, his serve is quite good. Today he didn't have quite a high first serve percentage, so it didn't help him that much.
But if he gets that serve 60%, 70% in, he can be really dangerous to anybody. I think he's a great fighter. He's committed to the game, which is really important.

Q. When you see his anger that he shows so often during matches, do you think that hurts his development?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, I don't think there is anything bad with that. Over the time, he's going to learn how to use his experience on the court. He will learn how to control his emotions. It's all a process.
His emotions are showing me that he wants to win and he's out there to win, not just play his best tennis. That's something that I like about him.

Q. What's your opinion of back-to-back Masters 1000s? Would you like to see them spread out?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: The way the schedule is, I don't think that's possible. There has to be some radical changes in the schedule if we want that. I don't see that happening.
But, yeah, I don't think it's very good for the players to play all the time on the top level every single day in two weeks just before the Grand Slam.
But that's the way it goes. It's not the first year we have that. You know, you have to just adjust to it.

Q. What were you not happy with in your game tonight?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I just said. It was the serve. Everything else was okay.

Q. I have a follow-up to a question you answered yesterday about the players' box at the Open final last year or the Wimbledon final this year. When you looked up in the box, were there any faces you did not recognize, that you did not necessarily know who the people were?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, look, you know, I really don't want to get into that. I don't want to get into the details. I said yesterday, and I'm going to repeat again: I had too many people, and it was somehow expected because all those people, the ones that were close to me and the friends of my family, they wanted to be there because it's my first Wimbledon finals and US Open.
But, you know, now it's going to be a bit different.

Q. Another player told me he finds it disconcerting when he looks up and sees someone who hasn't necessarily been on the journey with him; is that how you feel?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Depends. I cannot answer in the name of other players. You know, I don't really pay too much attention on who's in my box rather than my team. When I look in my box, I look to my coach, to the closest ones on the team. I think most of the players do.
So regardless who's there, I need to do my job on the court and to win.

Q. Do you feel that your game is where it needs to be before the US Open? Rafa's is the defending champion, but you beat him several times this year, and on hardcourts. Do you think you're ready to go in there and try and get back to the final and win it this time?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I think so.

Q. You've had such an incredible year and you've set all these records and have a very good win/loss record. On the other hand, Serena Williams who is considered the US Open favorite on the women's side at this point pulled out of this tournament to get herself in better shape to play the US Open. With that in mind, is it important for you to keep this one loss through this week and to win this tournament, or is it more about getting ready for New York?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: You know, performing the best tennis is the priority in New York. But still, I will not, you know, play matches on this tournament just to get some practice. I don't do that. I go to every match to win.
So since I came here, I will give my best to every match to win. So we'll see how far I can go. I am not predicting anything.
But, you know, in the past years I did play couple of finals here and then I got to the late stages of the US Open, so it's not something that I think can affect my performance on the US Open physically as well.
There is still a week, which is more than enough for me to rest and get ready.

Q. When you were in L.A. recently, did you have a chance to hit with Sampras or anything like that? I know he was a player you looked up to.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, unfortunately not. He got hurt on golf, but we had a nice dinner in L.A. and it was a very a valuable experience for me.

Q. Did he give you any advice on how to handle No. 1?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes.

Q. What did he say?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: We spoke about many things, and of course I was interested how he was feeling when everything got together for him, when he won his first couple Grand Slams, when he became No. 1.
It was great. He was always the person that I was looking up to. He was always the tennis player that was my idol. So to be able to sit down with him and have the opportunity to get advice from him, hopefully I can use that experience.

Q. Do you want to play him in an exhibition?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Would love to. Would love to just hit with him. I'm always open for that.

Q. Who picked up the check at dinner? (Laughter.)
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It was Pete. He was the host.

Q. When you go to New York, you're going to see these giant buss billboards with your picture on it advertising the US Open. What's it like to be the face of tennis now?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It's flattering and it's great. You know, I guess that's something that follows up with the success and with the position that I have at this moment as No. 1.
I know that there is a certain increase in the responsibility of me carrying myself on and off the court. I'm trying to do it as best as I can.
It's all fresh, it's all new, but it's a challenge. I'm ready to accept that.

Q. Jelena was saying the other day about getting a diplomatic passport and being a goodwill ambassador. Have you got something similar to that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah.

Q. Over the years, have you felt that the success that Serbian tennis players have had, the girls as well, has that changed, do you think, the world's perception of Serbia and the image of the country? Is that something you've been happy to see or been conscious of?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, as far as I know, in the world of sport, I think we have done a good job in changing the image positively. We were doing our best. You know, it's not an easy task to do, but tennis players and other athletes in Serbia are, I think, the biggest ambassadors of our country at this moment.
The country is aware of that, and giving us diplomatic passports was one of appreciation moves I think they have. We are honored to have these passports. It makes our traveling a bit easier, and of course we do carry this responsibility everywhere we go to represent or country in the best possible way.

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CINCINNATI, OHIO

N. DJOKOVIC/R. Harrison
6-2, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Kind of an odd way to start a match with neither one of you guys being able to hold serve. Talk about the difficulties you had on your service game.
RYAN HARRISON: I mean, he's a really good returner, and that made me start pressing my serve a little bit more than I would have liked to. I think that he's obviously the best in the world at what he does well, which is playing at the baseline and going side to side and kind of making you overplay.
Second set I had a lot better variety. The first set and a half, his returning was just -- he wasn't killing me, he was just blocking them deep in the court. From then on out we were playing neutral points. He's quick enough to where he can do that.
In the second set I started serving and volleying a lot more, so he wasn't sure at that point, you know, if he should play low or play it deep. Because when he was blocking it deep it was a high, easy volley for me.
So it was kind of like once your down a set and a break against the No. 1 player in the world, it's a little too late to figure that out.

Q. Looks like you're improving levels all the time. I don't know if you're the kind of guy who is willing to wait while you improve. Can you accept that?
RYAN HARRISON: I think the way you improve is by not being happy with where you're at. The moment you get satisfied and complacent is the moment you stop improving.

Q. Obviously Novak is known for how well he's been playing this year, but when you enter a match like this, how much is mental for you knowing what you're facing, him and his streak and records and all that kind of thing?
RYAN HARRISON: I think I approached the match mentally fine. I broke him the very first game. If you had told me before the match that I was going to break serve twice in the first set and get beat 6-2, I probably wouldn't have believed you. Usually I can hold serve at least once in a set.
But I don't know. It's just more of, you know, it took me like a set and a half to start doing what I do well on my serve, which is hitting different serves, mixing it up. I started using the kick serve wide and coming on off of it, and then I would give him the kick serve toss and go big T.
I was really playing a lot more strategic on my service games, whereas in the first set it was like he's sitting on the T, so I'm just going to try to hit it bigger and faster. That just wasn't working.
And then, you know, I have a really good second serve but he has really good returns, so it like kind of neutralizes themselves.

Q. Talk about the speed of the court.
RYAN HARRISON: The speed of the court, to be honest with you, I think it's a good court for both of us because we both kind of strike the ball through the court a little bit.
Obviously he's doing it a little better than anybody else right now. So when you're playing on a court that favors people -- I think hard courts in general, which is why he's been unbeaten, because it's a truer bouncing surface and because it favors people that have good timing and can play through the court. Obviously. That's why he's unbeaten here, because he's one of the best at it, if not the best at it right now.
And so it helped me, but it also helps him. That's when -- you know, it's just a matter of playing points.

Q. Talk about your game plan going in. What were you trying to attack and take away from him to have a chance to win tonight?
RYAN HARRISON: You know, obviously I didn't execute everything the way I wanted to. But I served the way we kind of talked about before the match where I was going in short wide and then hard at his body.
Then whenever I would set up the T, I would go to the T I think in the first set, I got a little too caught up in just trying to blow it by him. That never really works, especially when you're playing a guy that's quick as him.
Then I didn't do as good a job as I would have like to of implementing my slice. I think that the times I was slicing I was sit hitting five, six slices in a row, which is never effective. The reason the slice is effective is when you use it once or twice to change up the pace, and then you make the person change their swing.
But once you feel a slice and get it again and again, then all of a sudden it's like, Oh. You get timing with it. It's like anything else. So I didn't use that as effectively as I would have liked to.
My forehand has been feeling great all summer. It's just a matter of hitting the right spots at the right time and the right shot selection with it. But my backhand kind of let me down a little bit. I felt like that was one area where both wings of his looked world class; my forehand looked world class.
My backhand looked a little lower. That's where I need to step up.

Q. Earlier today another American wild card, Christina McHale, beat the No. 1 seed in the women's draw. Were you aware of that, and did that give you a boost of confidence?
RYAN HARRISON: First of all, Christina is a good friend of mine. Congratulate her on what she did. That's incredible. Obviously to have a No. 1 player in the world victory for her is huge. I hope she has a great season and great career.
With that being said, I don't think there's many comparisons between men's and women's tennis.

Q. Talk about the positives you'll take out of this match. You played fairly well the very first set especially, despite the breaks.
RYAN HARRISON: Yeah, I mean, that's the thing. That goes to show you how important the serve is. I think everyone can agree that I played a better first set, yet I won more games in the second because I served better.
So if I play the way I played in the first set and serve like I did in the second set, I'd probably have a shot at winning it.
So you know, looking back, it's like Monday-morning quarterback. Hindsight is 20/20. You can see everything when you're off the court. At the time I wasn't playing the way I wanted to, and so looking back on it, it's a matter of making sure that I stay in the moment and implement the things we were talking about before the match during the match.

Q. You've spent some time hitting with Andy. Could you elaborate a little bit about what you've extracted from that experience.
RYAN HARRISON: Yeah, I mean, Andy is a great mentor, a great friend. He's helped tremendously with my game. He's always been there to give me advice, and Mardy has, too, for that matter.
Obviously seeing the way that Andy competes, the way that he kind of handles everything from the press in the U.S. to the U.S. tennis hopes and everything like that, looking at the way he handle himself and the way he -- you know, you can say what you want to about his anger and his frustration, just like mine.
But I think everyone can agree that the guy has a big heart and he competes like a champion. That's one thing you can take away.

Q. I think you hit a ball into the food court. You're talking about frustration. Does that help you or do you need to reign it in?
RYAN HARRISON: I mean, I wasn't like out of control when I hit it. The ball kind of came down, and I wasn't like in a frenzy when I hit it. Just the ball came down and I just hit it out. I mean, I knew that -- the stadium is not big enough to where I knew I was going to go anywhere near anyone and I wasn't hitting it at anyone. I hit it plenty high.
Obviously those things aren't exactly what you want to do, but I didn't feel like it was the worst thing in the world.

Q. But in general, normally, is that a good thing?
RYAN HARRISON: For me, I play good when I'm fired up, but when I'm in a controlled fired up mentality. If you look at the end of the match, there was no drop in intensity but more of a controlled breathing, controlled movement, and just demeanor about it.
It wasn't so much -- if you look at the period from 3-2 in the first set until 3-0 in the second set, I was frustrated and I was kind of like -- I looked dazzled almost. It wasn't into that 3-0 changeover where I was like, Okay, let's kind of calm down and reel it back in.
To be honest with you, against a lot of other players I probably could have come back and won that match. Because once I calm down and start playing that level tennis, I usually start playing a different level than my opponent.
But he's been playing a different level than everybody else. So it was just a little too late.

Q. As you look back at this match, does it matter who you play in the sense that no one else has beat him except Federer all year long, and you gave him a really good match. Does that help you as you move forward, that you were toe to toe with him.
RYAN HARRISON: Yeah, absolutely. Looking back at the match, it's not like I can walk out of here and be like, Wow, there is nothing I could have done. He's that much better than me. I mean, give him all the credit.
He played fantastic. He's the No. 1 player in the world. He's lost one match this year, won two Grand Slams, he's fantastic player. Honestly, I can walk out of here and say, you know, If I could have done this a little better, this a little better, I probably could have gave myself a chance.
Giving yourself a chance is all you can do. Then after that it's all speculation. But I can definitely walk away from this knowing that if I serve the way I did in the second set after getting broken the first game, and if I control myself and play the way I can from the back of the court, I've got enough tools and enough weapons to where I'm going to be difficult for anybody.

Q. Talk about what your goals are for yourself and your game and rankings over of the next six months to a year.
RYAN HARRISON: You know, it's tough. Those questions are just difficult, because you don't want to put limits on yourself. If I say like win a Grand Slam, then it sounds arrogant. If I say, you know, top 50, then I feel like I'm selling myself short.
It's just a matter of taking things day to day and improving as much as you can. Like I said a second ago, if I serve well and play well, I'm going to be difficult for anybody. That's just the way I approach the matches.

Q. We talked after your first-round match about how much you hate losing. You were talking about taking away some positives. Do you hate this loss less than other losses?
RYAN HARRISON: I hate all losses. I hate losses in XBox. Obviously like playing this caliber of player, you can learn more from it than other matches just because it's a different level.
I mean, the guy is a fantastic player. He's phenomenal. So you can learn a lot more from it. So that's one positive about losing this match as opposed to losing other matches. I can really say that's the best level. That's the guy that's playing arguably the best tennis anyone's ever played, and I'm playing him in the prime of that.
So that's probably about as good a level as I'm ever going to see in my career. We'll see how much everyone else improves, but he's playing great right now. I know what to expect and I know what I need to do.

Q. When you were growing up, who did you look to in terms of a tennis role model from the last generation when you were growing up? Sampras? Agassi?
RYAN HARRISON: I was going to say Sampras, but when Sampras was playing -- because I started playing pro, you know, when I was like 14 or 15, so I was young.
Then after that, that was when I shortly developed a relationship with Andy Roddick. So you know, it's really tough to kind of remember exact thoughts from when you're nine, ten, eleven years old. I think everyone can agree that you can only remember bits and pieces of certain things at that point.
I know that I was a big Sampras fan. I remember watching him playing and all the fantastic matches he did. But from the time I can remember, the person I've always admired was Andy just because of way he helped me. Whenever someone is giving you that type of mentorship, you're going to really look up to them.

Q. Who is your coach now, and why do you seem to go through so many coaches? Or am I getting it wrong?
RYAN HARRISON: Scott McCain, and I haven't been through that many coaches.

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OOPS! a tad late...
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Had Novak's serve worked properly yesterday, Harrison would have been killed. And if Ryan's serve had worked.........

Harrison sounds so much like Mandy-over analyzing things. He needs to enjoy the game. The kid is talented.
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One thing is for sure, the boy doesn't lack any self confidence.
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