Novak Djokovic explains Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal invincibility at Indian Wells | Tennis | Sport

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World No 1 Djokovic is the man to beat having won the last three Grand Slam titles.

He heads into the Indian Wells Masters as the heavy favourite to continue his dominant form.

The Serbian has been drawn in the opposite half to rivals Federer and Nadal.

And he was quizzed on his “invincibility” ahead of his opening match against American Bjorn Fratangelo.

Djokovic explained exactly why the top players in the world often seem like they are never going to lose.

“I don’t know if I would call it that way,” Djokovic said.

“I am sure I’m not the only one but we all try to create this aura of always being in an optimal state of performance.

“So to say being in the zone. When you are able to surface the best of your capabilities and maximise your qualities on the court day in and day out.

“It is much easier said than done but that’s what we all strive for.”

Djokovic has spent the last month relaxing following his successful Australian Open run, where he beat Nadal in the final.

All the while, Federer won his 100th title at the Dubai Tennis Championships and Nadal competed at the Mexican Open.

But Djokovic will be feeling fresher than his fellow greats because he took some well-deserved downtime.

“It has been a while since I played my last match,” he added.

“I am really looking forward to getting on the court. I miss being on the tour.

“But at the same time I enjoyed my time off. I spent a lot of time with my family. I went to Serbia and saw my parents and spent time with people that I don’t get to see very often.

“I had time to reflect on Australia and there are lots of positives to carry into the rest of the season.

“I have worked hard for the last three weeks, getting my body, mind and emotions into the right shape to perform in one of the biggest tournaments in the world.”

“It is much easier said than done but that’s what we all strive for.”

Djokovic has spent the last month relaxing following his successful Australian Open run, where he beat Nadal in the final.

All the while, Federer won his 100th title at the Dubai Tennis Championships and Nadal competed at the Mexican Open.

But Djokovic will be feeling fresher than his fellow greats because he took some well-deserved downtime.

“It has been a while since I played my last match,” he added.

“I am really looking forward to getting on the court. I miss being on the tour.

“But at the same time I enjoyed my time off. I spent a lot of time with my family. I went to Serbia and saw my parents and spent time with people that I don’t get to see very often.

“I had time to reflect on Australia and there are lots of positives to carry into the rest of the season.

“I have worked hard for the last three weeks, getting my body, mind and emotions into the right shape to perform in one of the biggest tournaments in the world.”



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