Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic said that despite having lost the Wimbledon 2013 Men’s Singles final to Andy Murray, he couldn’t be disappointed with the outcome of the match.
“It was the finals of Wimbledon, so I cannot be too disappointed with my overall performance in the whole tournament. It was a great tournament for me. I could have done better today, but that’s sport.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I guess. I need to have that kind of mentality and move on. I’m still young, and hopefully I have more opportunities to win this title.”
Djokovic lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 despite being up 4-2 in both second and third sets.
“I should have played better in the decisive moments. I believed [that] I could have come back. [But] I did not play at the top of my abilities and with his kind of game I didn’t have a chance to win.”
“It was a very long match for three sets. [In the] second and third sets, I was 4-2 up and dropped my serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason. I wasn’t patient enough in the moments when I should have been.
“He was getting some incredible shots on the stretch and running down the drop shots. He was all over the court… When I was putting my first serves in he was always getting them back in the court and making me play an extra shot.
“That’s why he won this tournament. He played fantastic tennis, no question about it. He deserved to win.”
The Wimbledon 2011 title-holder also admitted that his five-set semifinal win over Juan Martin Del Potro last Friday might have become a factor to his performance but wouldn’t make it as an excuse for the loss.
“I cannot look for excuses in a match two days ago. Maybe, physically, I didn’t have enough gas in the important moments [and] I went for my shots more than usual. [But] okay, that’s life. You have to move on.”