Monday March 18, 2013
Beaten Djokovic just wants to forget and move on
INDIAN WELLS (California): World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, stunned by Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday, wasted no time mourning the end of his 22-match winning streak.
The dominant player in men’s tennis immediately turned his attention to Miami, where the second ATP Masters event of the season will start next week.
“It’s sport,” Djokovic said of the end of a streak that had stretched back to Oct 31, 2012. “Now I need a few days off and I’ll move on to Miami.”
His 17 victories this year included his run to a fourth Australian Open crown - his sixth Grand Slam title - and a triumph in Dubai.
The surge was starting to recall the 43-match winning run he put together in the first half of 2011.
From the moment he arrived Stateside from Dubai, Djokovic was in the spotlight - sitting courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game and shooting baskets with the NBA stars he so admires.
After mingling with movie stars at a charity exhibition in Los Angeles, he made his way east to the southern California desert, joking that his coaches had complained about his lack of practice time.
In Del Potro, Djokovic was up against a former Grand Slam winner riding high after a quarter-final victory over world No. 3 Andy Murray.
“He has a big serve. He moves around the court very well for his height,” Djokovic said of Del Potro, whose career was interrupted by a wrist injury that required surgery and kept him off the court for most of 2010 - the year he won the US Open. — AFP