"I was passive" says Novak Djokovic on struggles vs Nishikori
The win is a good one for Djokovic as he was able to adjust several times to what his opponent was doing. It was far from perfect but it's a win that should give Djokovic confidence going forward. On the sluggish start Djokovic said this:
“I don’t think I started off very well. I was quite passive. I was too far back in the court. He was dictating the play. I was still trying to find the rhythm, find the tempo. Obviously, he played much quicker and more aggressive than my opponents in the opening rounds did, so it took me a little bit of time to adjust to his game."
Djokovic showed deep focus in key moments of the match starting as early as the 2nd set. The Serbian was determined not to lose the match and he worked himself into a rhythm:
“I think beginning of the second set I already felt like I’m getting the groove back, I’m getting that rhythm back. I was very pleased with the focus. Maybe at some points I wasn’t at my best, but overall I was determined, I was concentrated and that’s what matters in the end.”