Novak Djokovic: I feel like I’m on the right path. I’m in a better state of mind than I was some time ago

Q. (On his loss to Marin Cilic)

Novak Djokovic: The credit must go to Marin. We must congratulate him. He definitely played better today, and he deserved to win. I wasn’t on the level that I could have been on. I was also, in this kind of circumstances and with this level of play, in a good position to take the match into the third set, and then two double faults. Just in important moments I wasn’t able to deliver. He is a deserved winner.

Q. (On Andy Murray becoming the World Number 1)?

Novak Djokovic: He’s definitely a player who deserves that. Undoubtedly, much respect for what he has done. We have known each other since very, very early days. We were, I think, 11 years old when we first played against each other. And to see how he has raised his level in the last 12 months is quite extraordinary.

Q. Are you going you stay in Paris to follow his potential matches?

Novak Djokovic: Yes, I am planning to stay a few days here with my accreditation to watch every game.

Q. To what extent is it important for you to remain number one at the end of the year?

Novak Djokovic: I have to get to that state of mind where I’m able to perform as well as I want to match after match. I was not able to find that level for the last couple of months. I am obviously very happy that I achieved career grand slam this year. It took a lot out of me, and it has put some things in perspective and, obviously, raised some questions in which direction I want to go to. So I’m in the process at the moment, and it’s going to obviously take some time really for me to redefine all these things.

But I’m still here, and I feel like I’m on the right path. I’m in a better state of mind than I was some time ago. That’s all I’m thinking about right now.

Q. Do you think the French Open is only responsible for your fall in the second half of the season?

Novak Djokovic: No, I don’t see it that way. I think that winning the French Open is the greatest moment I’ve had in my life on a tennis court. I’ve never won Roland Garros before, so I was not sure how I would react. There was pride and satisfaction in the success I have had with my team, but in the other hand, it was also very exhausting. At a certain point, I had to reach this kind of phase where I had to reflect and say, `OK, I have played on the highest possible level for that much.’ In the end of the day, this is sport. You can’t always expect to win. The drop of form is normal in sports. I’m not too concerned about how the future will go for me. I’m just living in the moment, and that’s all.

Q. (About his right arm).

Novak Djokovic: Quick fixes are never good fixes. But as a professional athlete, you’re kind of used to having these particular circumstances where you need to just find a quick solution. Unfortunately yes, today was bothering me a little bit, especially with the serve. But again, it is what it is. I’m not the only one who goes through pain. Pain is part of the game.

Q. Will there be any changes in your team in the next season?

Novak Djokovic: We’ll see. It’s too early to talk about it. I will see what will happen next season

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