Novak: “It’s great to visit a new place and be part of a…

Novak: “It’s great to visit a new place and be part of a new event. We more or less have the same schedule each year, so I don’t get to experience that too often. There are a lot of matches and a lot of people coming out to watch and support the players. You can feel the appreciation for tennis that they have here. They love this event, so it’s obviously a pleasure to be here. I was fortunate to have lots of matches and lots of success in the first part of the year over the years, especially on the clay courts and always reaching the final stages of Roland Garros. And because of the old schedule, we had a week less (on grass), which was a bit challenging obviously coming from the slowest to the fastest surface in the sport. It’s a big shift in only a few days. I knew I wanted to play one this year, but thought Queen’s and Halle would be too early for me. That’s the reason why I came to Eastbourne. And it’s a new place, so it does give me that extra motivation to be here.“

(via Zimbio, http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/djokovic-eastbourne-2017-preview)