Djokovic won last week's China Open. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a successful season in 2013 but insists that he could have performed better in the Masters 1000 events.
Novak Djokovic hasn't been the ATP's main man in 2013 but he's at least been able to rack up some big achievements this year. He won the Australian Open in January, and added three other titles to his collection by winning the Monte Carlo Masters and the ATP events in Dubai and Beijing. Speaking to reporters in Shanghai this week, Novak explained that he's content with his results in slam events this season but feels that he could have done more in Masters 1000 competition.
"Looking over to the last eight, nine months of the season, it has been a pretty good year, even though I maybe expected from myself better performances, especially at the 1000 events,” said Djokovic. “In the Grand Slams, I've done pretty well. I won a trophy, played a semifinal and two finals, so I cannot complain about that. But the other events, I should have done better."
Even so, Novak has bounced back from his defeat against Rafael Nadal in the US Open final and was able to record a confidence-boosting victory over the Spaniard in the final of last week's China Open. The Serb is pleased with his response to the defeat.
"I'm at a good place right now. Something that makes me very happy is that I managed to kind of regroup and mentally find my concentration and, again, determination after the U.S. Open final loss against Nadal," he said. "Played Davis Cup, then win a trophy in Beijing against Nadal in the final. This trophy meant a lot to me, this trophy in Beijing, after a few months with no trophies on the tournaments. So I regrouped.”