Novak Djokovic has lost one match all year. One. True, it was his most recent one, to Roger Federer at the French Open. So leave it to the typical, negative media to come to his pre-Wimbledon press conference asking about his one-match losing streak.
“Novak, I’m sorry if you’ve been asked this question before, since I’m a bit late,’’ the reporter said.
“Where are you from?’’ he asked.
“I am from the Monaco newspaper on Avenue Princess Grace.’’
“Oh, OK,’’ Djokovic said. “I’ll be glad to answer.’’
“You know, you had this little losing streak of one, so what are you going to do to change that.’’
The reporter was Caroline Wozniacki, who popped in during Djokovic’ press conference Saturday and started asking questions. She and Djokovic are neighbors in Monaco. Djokovic likes to joke around pretty much everywhere. Wozniacki made up some strange story in her Australian Open press conferences about being attacked by a kangaroo, then showed up at a later press conference with boxing gloves and a balloon-kangaroo.
No one said they were the best comedians. But as far as comedians go, they are the best tennis players in the world. And for your typical tennis player, they are laugh riots. Here’s how the interview went after Wozniacki’s question about Djokovic’ losing streak.
“Well, you know what? I will try to look up to some women players who have been so consistent with their wins, for example like Caroline Wozniacki,’’ Djokovic said. “I don’t know if you’ve heard about her. She’s been winning so much. She’s become a role model for all of us ATP players. So I’m going to try to look (at) some of her matches and try to break this losing streak of one, you know, try to get on the right path.’’
Wozniacki: “So who is your favorite women’s tennis player? Is that her, as well?’’
Djokovic: “Well, we’ll have to keep that a secret.’’
Wozniacki: “Oh, c’mon.’’
Djokovic: “I think I already discovered one of my favorite women’s players. I just said her name. She’s actually my neighbor, as well.’’
Djokovic: “She actually lives in the street where you come from.’’
Wozniacki: “Oh, really?
Djokovic: “Yes. From time to time we have coffee there on the beach and just relax and have lunch, have a jog.
Wozniacki: “I’m sure she must be a really, really nice girl.’’
Djokovic: “She is a really, really nice girl. She’s a great entertainer; No. 1. You never heard about her?’’
Wozniacki: “The No. 1 actually drinks coffee on the beach with someone who actually almost never lose a match?’’
Djokovic: “Yes. That’s a winning ‑‑ excuse me. . .’’
Wozniacki: “I cannot even talk anymore. They’re pulling me.’’
Djokovic: “Yeah, I know. Monaco press is very popular nowadays.
Wozniacki: “Monaco press is unbelievable.’’
Djokovic: “You see. This is what I’m talking about.’’