Novak Djokovic defeated 6-2, 6-1 Fabio Fognini on Saturday in 51 minutes and will face Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday at 15hs local time.
Novak won 82 per cent of points behind his first serve and converted four of six break point opportunities, two in each set, to wrap up his 25th victory of the season.
“For me it was important to step on the court and get control of the match,” reflected Novak. “That’s what I did right away. I was aggressive. I knew what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to stay as short as possible on the court to get quick points. I played really, really well. He made a lot of unforced errors, which helped me to win.”
“The way I felt in the first match, if somebody told me I’d be playing the final, I’d be very happy to hear that,” said Djokovic. “I was taking it match by match. After every win, I feel very content and very fulfilled because knowing the circumstances I was in, every win is big.”
“Whenever you play Rafa, you expect the toughest challenge possible on clay,”. “I’m ready for that. I’m very happy that physically, mentally, emotionally I have been improving each day, I feel better on the court, more confident. I will have to be on top of my game. I’ll have to be focused and motivated from the start to the end in order to have any chance of winning against Nadal”. “I need to have a very optimistic mindset in order to get a win. I’m not going out there to play my best; I’m going out there to win. That’s how I’m going to feel tomorrow,” declared Djokovic. “I lost to him twice in the final here in Monte-Carlo. It’s always a big challenge when you play a top player, especially Rafa, who hasn’t lost here in eight years. I think that says enough about his record and qualities.”
Djokovic has as 25-2 record in 2013 and is aiming to win his third title of the year (Australian Open, Dubai). He is also looking to win his 14th Masters trophy.
Source: novakdjokovic.com; atpworldtour.com