Here’s What Novak Djokovic Said After Losing To Roberto Bautista Agut In Shanghai Semifinals

World No.1 Novak Djokovic lost 4-6, 4-6 to Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals of ATP 1000 Shanghai Rolex Masters on Saturday. Here’s what he said at the post-match press conference:

Djokovic on his match vs Bautista Agut and how did he feel on the court:

“Well, I didn’t feel well on the court – mentally. But credit to Roberto, he was the better play no question about it on important moments, and I didn’t capitalize on my chances. I was just losing my service games. In important moments, he was more consistent, he was very solid and I just made a lot of unforced errors. Just didn’t feel good, that’s all.”

Djokovic on if will he play any other tournament before Paris Masters:

“Today, I would have liked things to go differently but, again, as I said, I had to put my hands down to better player who deserved to win absolutely. I am not planning to play anything before Paris so I don’t think I will play. I will celebrate my child’s birthday and I look forward to that.”

Novak Djokovic of Serbia attends a press conference after his defeat in the men's singles semi-finals match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2016. / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia attends a press conference after his defeat in the men’s singles semi-finals match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2016. / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Djokovic on decisions made by umpire Carlos Bernardes today:

“No, I just don’t understand the decisions he has made today. Players goes to change the racquet, and I went just to change my shirt and he give a warning. He was the star of the show. That’s what he wanted to be today.”

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“I guess this is one of those days. You know, things go in an opposite direction than you want them, but again, it’s a lesson. Every day is a lesson. You learn from these kind of days and matches more than when you’re winning.”

Djokovic on being asked if he is going to end his 2016 season and focus completely on 2017:

“Well, its still not over. There are still two big tournaments, Paris and London. So I will try to get myself ready for the indoor season where I, in last couple of years, played very well. So I’ll try to get better by then.”

Djokovic on being asked if he felt happy on the court today and is it a matter of concern for him because of his performance after Roland Garros:

“Well somehow, its yes and somehow, not so much. As I said, overall I did not feel maybe as I felt the other days. We’re all human, and we experience that kind of changes every day, and sometimes things do not go the way you want them to go.

I had the finals of US Open, I won Toronto and had couple of good results. In terms of results it was up and down, but, not to repeat the same story once again, there are definitely things that I need to regain from the emotional, mental point of view. So I guess I’m focusing on that more. It’s a transition somewhere in between, maybe just exhausted by the amount of matches I have had in the last 15 to 20 months.  Maybe all in all that’s the cause of me feeling this way. But… I had to experience this sooner or later. I knew I could not go on playing at the highest level for so many years all the time. Its good to experience this so I can get better for the period to come.”

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