Hello Hello How are you Good evening Good evening You all look so great I’m very pleased to be here, thank you for inviting me today in your show Nice to meet you I am Novak Can I sit down? Yes, of course Nole, first of all, I would like to thank you for coming to hang out with the crew of Mali Dnevnik. Did you have the opportunity to see any of our episodes? Yes, of course. EARLIER THAT DAY First of all, I am glad that I will spend time with the children in their Mali Dnevnik that I try to watch whenever I can. We have cable television abroad, and I always try to connect to the frequency which enables me to watch Serbian National TV. Mali Dnevnik is one of my favourite shows. Thank you for inviting me, I feel really honoured to be with you tonight in the studio of Mali Dnevnik. When you were as old as the host of Mali Dnevnik is today, in an interview you said that you would like to become a champion. We have that footage. You do?! What is your goal in tennis? My goal in tennis is to become a champion. I remember this very well, I was seven years old, and I just started playing tennis and I was already determined that I wanted to be world champion; and this eventually became reality and I am very glad that I am here with you tonight. At the time you said that, were you aware of how much effort you would have to make in order to fulfill your wishes? At that time I lived in my own dreamland like every child does, I imagined myself holding up the Wimbledon trophy one day – the most prestigious trophy in our sport but I was lucky to have great support from my family, primarily my parents and I was fortunate to be surrounded with people who were real experts in tennis the ones who had this great passion and who recognized my talent and as time passed and as I was developing and becoming more mature I gained knowledge and built up a more mature approach. When they achieve their great goal, as you have done with yours, some people find it hard discover new motives How do you do it? I have to say that I have been very lucky in life of course, one needs to have a lot of luck and a lot of faith primarily in themselves and in what they do After all, it is the psychological strength and stability – this confidence that is crucial and even more it is important that the people who surround you have good intentions that they are honest with you and that they can help you rise and be stronger. Has it ever happened to you that you wake up in the morning and say oh no, today I don’t feel like training at all? Yes, many times, a lot more than people think, but I am aware that this is my life and that, on the one hand I am blessed because I have had the opportunity to play the sport that I love very much and therefore I am also aware that many people and children around the world, unfortunately, don’t have this opportunity to fulfill their dreams and this is something that is always on my mind and I use it to keep both feet on the ground and to approach each day that is coming with as much modesty and composure as I can. Mali Dnevnik has its correspondents in a lot of places and one of them is in Uzice. Our friends from this town have sent us one question for you. I’m ready to hear this question. Question for our Nole: Where was the first tennis court built in Serbia? Here’s a little help – it was somewhere in our region. Shall we play a game? Yeees! Let’s guess in which city in Serbia the first tennis court was built In Belgrade No, let’s continue In Russia In Russia? In Serbia, in Serbia. Come on, what do you say? In Novi Sad No. Let’s guess down towards the south, what is down south? The South Pole! The South Pole? A little above the south pole. Pri…Pri… has anyone heard of Pri… Priboj, excellent! We have answered this question correctly, Priboj was, in fact, the second city in Europe that organized a tennis tournament. Foundation “Novak Djokovic” has succeeded in their intention to renovate and restore a tennis court and now it is fully functional. I hope the children will take a racket in hand and start going to the tennis court and, maybe, a new champion will emerge from Priboj. All athletes must face their defeats. How have they strengthened you? Defeat is an intrinsic part of both sport and life. It is normal for a man to fall but it is very important to find the strength to stand up as soon as possible and to learn from mistakes or from the circumstances which have led to the failure or the situation to doubt oneself. At the very end, do you have a message for all the kids who are watching us now and probably fantasize about their own success in the future? I have one message and it says that I advise all children to spread love, to love each other to respect each other, to spend time together and to be sure to have a smile on their faces, whatever they do in life. Novak, I wish you a lot more success and trophies and I also wish you to continue making us so proud as you have done so far and for all you have achieved until now Mali Dnevnik would like to tell you – THANK YOUUUU Thank you I am glad I have been your guest. Sorry, but I don’t follow football. Mali Dnevnik
It feels great. I didn’t play last
year, so it feels like it’s been, you know, almost two years
that I didn’t play here. I always love coming here. Such a
special event for any tennis player, any tennis fan. Being back here with an extra
member of my team is really special. We started conversations really
with my team. My coach, Michael, asked me one morning, he’s like,
Hey, I think you’ve been training really well. I think you’ll be
ready to go and play early. What do you think about starting
Wimbledon, maybe a little bit earlier? At first, I wasn’t really sure if I was
ready mentally, because I planned everything, tickets and stuff, how we going to travel,
all the arrangements, starting in Stanford. So I thought about it for about
a week, I think maybe even two. I felt like I was ready to compete.
I was tired of practicing, just keep going through drills.
I needed competition. She’s definitely not an easy opponent,
especially in the first round. I’m here unseeded with really
no ranking. I didn’t really know who I’m going to play.
I expect every round to be tough. Well, physical aspect, I think I
improved the most in this break, let’s say that way. I definitely
feel fitter than I ever were before. I want to continue to go into that
direction. You know, in tennis, and in tournaments, you can feel
great on the practice court, but to be able to transfer that into
the match I think is a real art. Sometimes it takes time.
Sometimes it clicks right away. You never know. I think I’m on the
right path to bringing all those components together and try to play
better than I ever was before.
Well, we play very good both. And was very tough for both
to play with the return. We serve very good today. In the tiebreak, I think
I push more my game. I push him more
to attack to him. Well, I was thinking,
Okay, you win now or you will go to a third set or you
will lose second set. I was thinking, Okay, first
set, you have to win the tiebreak, the first two points, to make
more comfortable with me. And was very, very
good for me. I start with my father in the beach,
in the sand courts in my city. Was my father who push
me to play tennis. Later when I have five years or six
years, I was with my first coach. I was, like, doing something
more with my results. That’s it. I don’t know.
I was two years old, then I don’t know what I am doing.
But I’m now here. I’m very happy to win. Q. Were you watching somebody in
particular when you were growing up? Q. Would you like to do the same as Federer or… When I was five years or six years,
Federer won Wimbledon. I saw the match. Somebody calls me, Who is your
prefer player, favorite player? I cry with Roger when
he won the Grand Slam. Then now more is more Djokovic.
I look more Djokovic, his game. But I think I start with Federer
to pushing me to play tennis.
>>BRADLEY COOPER AND IRINA SHAYK DIDN’T HAVE AN ARGUMENT SO BAD AS IT APPEARS. THIS VIDEO WENT VIRAL WHEN THEY WERE BOTH FILMED IN THE STANDS AT WIMBLEDON. HARVEY: RIGHT.>>IT LOOKS LIKE IRINA’S CRYING BECAUSE SHE HAS HER FINGER IN HER EYES AND BRADLEY COOPER’S GIVING HER MAJOR SIDE EYE. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE PRETTY PISSED OFF EACH OTHER. WE’RE TOLD IRINA JUST SUFFERS FROM ALLERGIES. [LAUGHTER]>>AND L.J. SAID HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND WAS SITTING BEHIND THEM.>>DID YOU LOOK AT THE PHOTO TO SEE IF SHE WAS SITTING BEHIND THEM?>>NO, SUSIE WAS A COUPLE ROWS DOWN.>>WHY WAS HIS GIRLFRIEND THERE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE NEW GIRLFRIEND? YOU WOULD BE PISSED.>>I THINK PROBABLY SHE DID HAVE ALLERGIES AND WHY DIDN’T YOU BRING YOUR STUPID MEDICINE. THERE’S NOTHING MORE ANNOYING THAN PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES.>>SOMEBODY FORGETS A CLARITIN AROUND HERE, YOU TURN INTO A MONSTER.>>NO. YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHEN YOUR CLARITIN’S GONE.>>YOU HATE PEOPLE WITH AFFLICTIONS. [LAUGHTER] WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PEOPLE WITH WHEELCHAIR RAMPS? [LAUGHTER]>>WHY CAN’T YOU JUST TAKE THE STAIRS? [LAUGHTER]
My name is Duan Hao. I come from Guangzhou and I am 12 years old. I’ve been playing tennis since I was six. It started with my dad taking me to play because he is an amateur tennis player. My daily routine is to get up at 7am and be at school by 7.30am I’m then at school until midday then it’s tennis practice from 2pm to 5pm. My favourite player is Roger Federer because he is an attacking player. I like that style of tennis I hope I can learn lots of skills like his. I think my best shot is my forehand My weak spot at the moment is slice shots I have learnt a lot from taking part in this Road to Wimbledon event because it focused on three key areas footwork, concentration and avoiding errors. I think for me this is very important I hope I can get to the final of the Road to Wimbledon Nanjing Tournament then get the chance to play at Wimbledon in August for the finals.
You know, to be world number one
is very hard. You need to constantly be “on”, all year.
That’s a bit tougher for me, I think. But to be the best in two weeks,
that I can do. And this is what I aim for,
you know, so… Definitely, if I can be the best
in two weeks, it’d be great. I mean, I still have to believe
that I can win a Slam, and to believe is very important.
I think that’s basically it, you know. I feel good
and I have to believe and practice well. Then, for sure,
I will need some luck. And I will need to play
as tough as I can. I mean, we all have pressure. I don’t
know. It’s become natural, you know. I think the only pressure
is the pressure that I put on myself. That’s the real pressure.
The outside pressure, we always have it. “You’re doing good” or “you’re
doing bad.” There’s always pressure. And as I say, I think
it’s the flame that we have. It’s very hard to explain, but it’s
inside us, and we’re not giving up.
Yeah, I do feel like I let
myself down a bit out there. Just never really let myself
get into the match. Just a bit overwhelmed with nerves when
I first got out there, then tried to play too perfect when
really I didn’t need to go for so much. I think if I had won that first game
after having the two points at 40-15, then I might have relaxed a little bit.
But just the way that the match went, you know, my feet were just not
moving. She had a tricky serve that I was finding it tough to read. You know, it just kind of gets a
hold of you. Once you start trying to overhit it, try to play too perfect,
it’s tough to get out of that. It’s a different pace of ball sometimes.
It depends who you play really. At the tournaments I’ve been playing
this year, it’s definitely a good level. But there’s just that
extra bit of difference. So when you come back up to
these events, you do feel it straightaway, with the
pace of ball, I think with the opportunities that you get on
breakpoints and things like that. Yeah, you know, I’m dropping
back again after this to try and get more matches and
get my ranking up. But, yeah, it’s frustrating. For sure. I’m going to
be out in the States, so it’s not really like a
massive hardship or anything. I enjoy the tournaments and
I enjoy trying to grind through as many matches as I can,
get as many wins. To be honest, trying to get my ranking
up so that next year hopefully next year I won’t need a wild card, so I feel
like I really deserve to be here.
I think I had chances in the first
three sets. I mean, the second set, I think I was up 4-3,
then got broken twice there. That obviously turned out to be
quite an important part of the match. I did manage to win the third.
You know, maybe I could have got the match done in three sets there
had I closed out the second after getting the break. Sam served extremely
well at the end of the match, you know, loosened up, was going for
his shots. Nothing much I could do. The whole tournament I’ve been a
little bit sore. But I tried my best right to the end. You know, gave
everything I had. I’m proud about that. But it’s obviously disappointing
to lose, you know, at Wimbledon. There’s obviously an opportunity
there. So I’m sad that it’s over. There’s a possibility your No. 1 ranking
could go after this tournament to Novak, I believe. How tough would
that be for that to happen, having worked so hard
to get to that point? Not very. I spoke about that a lot
the last few months. I mean, it was going to happen at some stage.
I don’t think anyone has ever stayed at No. 1 their whole career.
It always comes to an end. I haven’t played well enough
this year to deserve to stay there for much longer. If it doesn’t
happen by the end of this tournament, it will happen, you know,
by the end of the US Open. You know, that’s fine. Obviously
I would rather be ranked No. 1 than 2, 3 or 4. You know,
I go away now and try and find a way to get back there.
Hopefully I can do that.
I mean, it’s a really big deal.
For me, it’s my first semifinal. To beat Andy, to have it be at Wimbledon,
was even a little more special. Just it was an incredible match.
I’m just so happy right now. Yeah, it was similar. I mean, I was
probably a little more fired up today, especially in the fourth and fifth sets.
You know, there’s a little more on the line. It was similar to last year, honestly.
But this year just feels a little better than last year. Q: Obviously not one of the top four players,
so sometimes people are like, Who is this face, even though you’re not new.
If somebody said who is Sam Querrey to you,
how would you describe yourself? I’m ranked 26, pretty good grass court player.
That’s about it. Q: That’s it? Yeah, I don’t know. I mean, last year definitely kind of
gave me a new boost that I could do it. But there have been
times in my career where I definitely thought, if I had to bet, am I going to make a
semi, I probably would have gone no. Now that I made the quarters last year,
and semis here, I’m feeling confident. I think I can go even a little further. Q: How does it feel to just dash the
hopes of an entire nation? He’s won the tournament before.
Like, it’s not — it would be one thing if they hadn’t
had a champion in 80 years and he lost. But I don’t feel like I just ruined the
hopes of every British person out there. Everyone needs to take a little chill pill. It’s fine. before last year, having never
made the quarters of a slam, was kind of a bummer. I felt like
I was a good enough player to have that, I guess, piece checked off.
Now to do it back-to-back years, make a semi, it’s extra toppings on top of the career.
It feels great. Hopefully there will be a little more.