Djokovic confidence rising after first title of season

March 1st, 2009 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, March 1 (DPA) The Dubai Tennis Championship title has given a huge boost to Novak Djokovic’s confidence ahead of the Davis Cup tie with Spain that begins next week.
The Serb top seed said prior to the upcoming challenge on clay in front of a Spanish crowd of 15,000 in Benidorm, he feels his game is lifting after securing his first title of a slow-starting 2009 season.

Djokovic won an event which was decimated by late withdrawals, including former winners Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

“This was a strong event even with the pullouts. I had a great week. This win will help my confidence.”

“I haven’t started this year like I wanted, I changed rackets as well, but I take responsibility for that,” Djokovic said.

“But this win can help next week even in completely different conditions and in front of a Spanish crowd.”

The Serb world number three improved to 4-3 against Spain’s scampering Ferrer, the second finalist from his nation in as many years at the Aviation club after Feliciano Lopez lost in 2008 to Andy Roddick.

Djokovic earned took his 12th career trophy to lift his season record to 14-4 after a match with eight breaks of serve.

“Now I want to focus with the Davis Cup,” said Ferrer. “We will play at home in clay court, my surface favorite, and we will see then.”

Ferrer, despite chasing down every ball, was unable to impose his game on Djokovic, playing his first final in his third appearance at the event.

“He played better than me, and served better. He played very, very focused. But I’m happy with my game, but maybe the key was he’s a better tennis player than me,” admitted the Spaniard.

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