Q. How is the ankle from that turn?
Q. What about the conditions? Glad to get these matches out of the way as quickly as possible given the heat?
But still the conditions were not easy for both my opponent and myself. You know, I started the match really, really good. I was set and a break up only after, you know, 40, 45 minutes.
As you said, you don't want to spend too much time in the heat. You want to try to win as quick as possible. You know, he started to play better as the match progressed, in the second part, especially in the third set. But, you know, I felt like I was serving well and I was in the control. When I needed to use my opportunities when they were presented, I did so.
It was a better performance than the first round.
Q. How does your body cope with the heat personally?
You know, as I said, we all were aware of the weather that is going to, how the weather is going to look like these couple days. We knew that when we saw forecast couple of days ago, everybody was talking about 40 degrees and plus. Knowing that I played a day match today, I prepared myself mentally for that. It's not just physically. Mentally you need to be tough enough to not give up and not think about what conditions can do to you.
It's not the first time I face myself with this particular weather. Obviously experience helps.
Q. Can you describe at all the difference in feeling between how you were five years ago against Roddick and how you are now, what the difference is?
It's not easy. Maybe it looks, but I do go through tough times after long rallies, as everybody, trying to get some air obviously. Generally it's much more efficient for me nowadays to recover and to get ready for next point than it used to be 2009 when I retired my match against Roddick, yeah.
Q. What is the best part of being Novak Djokovic?
Well, usually I do not like to talk too much about myself. I leave that to other people. I think they can make a judgment about who I am and how good or not good I am on the court and off the court.
But for me it's important to always know where I come from, be grateful for the life that I have, of course cherish and nurture every moment spent on the court.
Since I was four or five years old I played this sport, always dreamed of playing on this stage, so I don't take any situation for granted.
Being aware of all these things is the best of being Novak Djokovic, I would answer to you, yeah.
Q. You seemed to roll over on your foot early in the match. What was that all about?
Q. When you broke through as a young player in Serbia, things changed an awful lot for you. What do you think the emotions of young Damir Dzumhur, representing Bosnia, won two rounds, crowd going nuts, people playing accordions on the side of the court, crazy atmosphere, what do you think that must be like for him?
Bosnia and Serbia used to be one country more than 20 years ago. We all have very similar mentality. For some reason people from that region have a big talent for sports, mostly team sports, but now individual sports come into play, tennis in the last seven, eight years. Croatia always had a long tradition in tennis. Now we have athletics and so forth.
It gives our people who are going through tough times in all these countries in that region a hope and also encouragement in life. Sport sends a right message to the people. Athletes are cherished and looked up to as great ambassadors of their countries.
I congratulate him and I hope he can go far.
Q. Some players seem very happy about having an ice bath after the match. Is that your routine also?
They give me the necessary support that I need, and with their expertise they make sure I do a good job so I am recovered and prepared well for a match.
Q. Wojtek, is he still in your team?
Q. So his mission is accomplished?
Of course, we're in a friendly relationship. Then we try to work in US Open. It was a good time. But we didn't make an agreement to continue on working together.
Q. What did he add to your team, your play?
As I said, he has a long experience which brings him a very broader knowledge about this sport. So that's where he helped the most.
Q. So for now your team squad is closed, no change?