Q. When you’re on the court facing Rafa Nadal, how would you describe the mental and physical challenges?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: When I’m playing Nadal, you said? Well, it’s always the biggest challenge that you can have in our sport now. I mean, he’s the ultimate competitor out there. He’s fighting for every ball and he’s playing probably the best tennis that he ever played on hard courts. He hasn’t lost a match on hard court this year, and we all knew that over the course of last six, seven, eight years, hard court hasn’t been his favorite surface. He has got injuries, many injuries on this surface, but now he looks fit. He had seven months off. He lost three matches this year. With no doubt he’s the best player in the moment this year, no question about it. So the way he’s been playing he’s very confident, but, you know, I know how to play him. Hard court is the surface that, as I said, is my most successful surface. I have played him already here twice in the finals. I know what I need to do. Now it’s of course easier to sit here and say, I know what I need to do, but I’ve got to do it on the court. As I said, I have two days and he has to win his match, of course. We’ll see, you know. Whoever I play against, I’ll be ready to give everything I have for the trophy.
Q. What does this battle for ranking of No. 1 mean to you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it’s important to me, of course. I have been finishing the years No. 1 last two seasons, and I know how much consistency and hard work and energy put into all this 10, 11 months of a season you need to deliver in order to be No. 1 of the world. So Rafa is I think in a better position right now for that ranking and for this position, but I’m still keeping that position going. I’m fighting for it. I mean, you know, I need to play well and I need to win tournaments in order to finish No. 1. I’m aware of that. But, you know, this is not the first time that I have something like this in front of me.