Novak Djokovic returned to the court after three weeks. He was a Serbian on trial against Maxime Cressy, whom he defeated in two sets.
Djokovic pointed out after the match that he was very satisfied with how he played in the first match in Paris.
- I am satisfied with how I played. A very intense match, when you play with someone who serves this well on the first and second serve, you don’t have much space to play a couple of softer games. You have to be on your toes all the time! Congratulations to him too, he served great, I had to wait for my chances in the first and second sets. The break came at the right time, I would say at the perfect hour. I’m happy with how I served, I didn’t face a single break point. The conditions are different compared to last year, the balls are going faster, so it is much more challenging to break.
The fact is that Cressy plays a serve-volley game, which changes a lot for Djokovic in the preparation of the match itself.
- Yes, it changes things a lot, because you have to return well and send the ball under his feet, which is very difficult. It’s nice to see someone come forward after the first and second serve, it gives a different picture of tennis for the fans. I appreciate and respect that. It takes courage to play like that in this modern age of tennis. I would say that is the ancient stl of the game, there are not many players who do it, he is the only one in the top.
Djokovic pointed out that he is satisfied with the overall game as well as the fact that he did not make many mistakes in today’s match…
- I didn’t have many mistakes. I knew I shouldn’t give him much. I did what I know best, to be good from the back and to wait for the opportunity and take advantage of it, which happened in the tie-break and at the end of the second set. I am satisfied with how I played and how I felt on the court – concluded the seventh ranked tennis player in the world.