Novak: “The last few days have been the first days in long, long time that I could actually focus on the game rather than have something in my mind always worried whether I’m going to have pain or not, and usually it happened. It’s quite refreshing because everything else was pain involved.
I’m not yet at my best but I’m working to get there. Every day is a process for me and is an opportunity to learn, to grow, to get better. Obviously the two years of an injury and trying to figure out ways how to play pain-free, which I wasn’t able to a lot of times in the last couple years, were compromising my game.
Right now I’m not playing with the pain, which is the most important thing, and I can actually start focusing on the game rather than thinking about whether the pain is going to reappear or not.”
Novak lost 6-7(3) 6-4 1-6 to Taro Daniel in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Sunday.
Novak: “I’d like to congratulate my opponent for fighting and showing great, great spirit on the court. For me it felt like first match I ever played on tour. Very weird. I mean, I just completely lost my rhythm. But I was grateful to be out on the court that quickly after surgery.”