London, July 2 (EFE) .- Serbian Novak Djokovic, eliminated this Saturday in the third round of Wimbledon at the hands of American Sam Querrey, regretted saying goodbye to London so early and assured that “losing in a Grand Slam hurts more than in any other tournament.”
«It has been 20 minutes since I left the track. It is difficult to speak and say what I think, but it is not the first time I have lost a Grand Slam match. Now I know I have to be calm, ”Djokovic said immediately after the clash in the packed press room of the All England Tennis Club.
The reigning Wimbledon champion, who had not lost in a Grand Slam tournament since last year’s Roland Garros final (4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4, at the hands of Stan Wawrinka), said goodbye of the British ‘major’ in the third round after losing to an inspired Sam Querrey by 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6 and 7-6 (5).
«I knew it was going to be a competitive match; he is a rival who is not usually easy to break the service. In this meeting, in addition, the great majority of the blows entered him ”, said the Serbian with the twisted gesture on his rival, number 41 of the world ranking.
«He has been on the circuit for many years, he is an experienced player and he has learned a lot. I have to congratulate him, he has done things very well, “he added.
Asked if the three rain suspensions affected him, Nole insisted that he did not want to “detract from” his rival and that the weather “is the same for both of us.”
«My rival deserved to win and that’s it. I don’t want to detract from it. I had my options, but the ball didn’t feel the way I would like it to. Not to mention interruptions, as the weather is the same for both of you. Also the spectators who come to see us are frustrated “, he declared.
The world number one arrived in London after being crowned in the last four ‘majors’ and looking to take another step on his way to the Grand Slam after lifting the titles in Melbourne and Paris this year.
“It is wonderful to win four Grand Slam in a row and I knew it would not be difficult to be motivated again after Roland Garros. The importance of this tournament is immense. Today I gave my best, but it didn’t help me, ”said the visibly disappointed Serbian.
Losing in a Grand Slam hurts more than in any other tournament. It has been a good year, but also very tired and exhausting, and now I need some rest, “he added, while confirming that he will not play the Davis Cup.
Asked if he suffered any kind of injury or ailment before the meeting, Nole assured that he was not “well at all”, but that it was “neither the time nor the place to talk about it.”
I’m not quite well, but this is not the time or the place to say anything. I do not want to talk about it; just to say that my rival was doing very well, “concluded Djokovic. EFE