Novak will play against Miomir Kecmanović in the next round and he spoke about his approach when playing against Serbian players. He also reflected on Laslo Đere’s statement that, before his match, he felt fear because the tournament is taking place in Belgrade, with advice on what to do in such situations.
“I always prepare in a similar way, regardless of where the player is from. I will do my analysis, like, he played well, clay is his favourite surface. The fact that the tournament is in Belgrade can be motivating but there is a thin line between the best tennis and weak tennis, because of the pressure. Unlike when you’re playing abroad, here you feel you have to win. I totally get Laslo, I feel the same. My experience allows me to deal with that and to behave differently – to have better control over the emotions that go through my body and head. The more matches you play, the better you will feel. Also, you should maintain your routine before each tournament. They should try not to think about things that are outside the court and focus on the tournament,” the Serbian tennis player stated.