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Monte-Carlo Masters: I won this match with my heart, says Djokovic

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

There are times in life when everything is going right and you need to pinch yourself to confirm that it’s real.

The World No. 1 needed a pinch after becoming the first player to win the first three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in a season, defeating Tomas Berdych on Sunday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

“I’m 27,” said Djokovic. “Obviously I’m experiencing the time of my life on the tennis court, and also private life is very good. I became a father. I’m just trying to sometimes pinch myself and say, ‘Where am I at this point in my life?’ I’m very grateful for this, for everything that I have. That’s the kind of philosophy.”

Djokovic withstood a baseline barrage from his Czech opponent and hailed the match as one that was decided with sheer passion and desire. “I won this match with my heart and with battle,” he added. “That’s how I feel like I won it. I don’t think I played at the level that I wish to play and that I have played throughout the whole week. But also credit to Tomas because he has played very aggressively, staying close to the line, pushing me back. So I had to defend a lot of times.

“I was just trying to stay with the right intensity and focus for each point because obviously you get tense when you’re not feeling so comfortable on the court. When you start missing, you kind of back up. I had to adjust my position and movement on the court several times. In the end I’m sitting here with this trophy that is very special to me. This is what matters. Sometimes winning ugly is necessary. It’s been a remarkable start of the season for me. I couldn’t ask for a better start of clay court season.”

The Serb fought for two hours and 43 minutes before eventually dispatching sixth seed Berdych to claim his second Monte-Carlo title and 23rd overall at the Masters 1000 level.