The current Australian Open champion, Serbian Novak Djokovic, is preparing to conquer for second time the Melbourne title at the Australian Open by playing previous tournaments. Djokovic started his season participation at Brisbane by facing the Latvian Ernests Gulbis. Djokovic lost against the Latvian 6-4, 6-4. This was the first match for both players, Gulbis played in great way and Djokovic seems during the match, that he was not able to handle the pressure. However, Djokovic is confident that this tournament and the other ones before the Australian Open will help him adjust to the Australia’s climate, the way of playing and the focus needed to improve his game.
Djokovic was criticized by several former players this new year, whom doubt about his control over the pressure and the dominance of his game as defender of the Australian Open title, but Nole is relaxed and confident about himself and is not letting their comments to affect his believes. Djokovic considers that he is a player with quality and someone that can have a better season than the one in 2008. Before coming to his first tournament of the year at Brisbane, he prepared physically and mentally in the court at Monaco for two weeks and then he spent 10 days in the mountains of Serbia. Djokovic believes that with that preparation and training he is ready for the action and the new expectations for this 2009.
On the other hand, this season ATP 2009 will be an interesting one for the Serbian, due to the fact that new faces and players are arriving, and new contenders are harder to beat. Djokovic also stated that it will be difficult to know who could become the new No.1 of the world and best tennis player for this year, but his goal is to become the one. Even so, he knows that the competition will be harder this year because Tsonga is getting stronger, Murray and Simon are on the rise and Davydenko and Roddick are also doing their job at the ATP and finally we cannot forget the eternal competition of Nadal and Federer in their fight for the No.1 spot.
At the press conference in Brisbane, prior the start of the event, Djokovic expressed that been the defender champion at Melbourne will be a real challenge but he loves this kind of pressure.
"This is a professional sport so if you intend to be one of the best players in the world you have to learn to cope with that pressure and accept it as a part of your life. I take the best memories of my career out of Melbourne last year and of course there's going to be a certain amount of expectations and pressure as the grand slam champion but I will try to use it in my favor and look at it as a positive challenge."
With this we hope the best for this Serbian tennis player not only at the Aussie Open but also for the whole season. The fans, coach and relatives really hope to see him accomplishing its goals at Australia, at the rankings and in every objective set for this 2009.
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