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Novak Djokovic: "It could have gone either way"

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DjokovicWorld no.2 Novak Djokovic booked his place in the semi-finals of the year end ATP World Tour Finals today with a hard fought win over Canadian star Milos Raonic.

Djokovic, who has never lost to Raonic, continued his search for form at the fag end of the year, and needed two tiebreak sets to scrape past the young Canadian.

Speaking after the match, Djokovic shared, "It was a very close match. I think very few points separated us tonight. It really could have gone either way. I was fortunate to get through the first set tiebreaker. I was down very early in both tiebreaks tonight. But I just managed to stay committed and put pressure on his second serves. I had couple looks on his second serves midway through, towards the end of both tiebreaks, which helped obviously to get into the rally. I knew once I get into the rally, I have a better chance to win the point."

Djokovic though was disappointed that both sets went the distance, he shared, "I should have done my job earlier, to be honest. I'm not very pleased to drop my serve twice against Milos, especially the second time. I was 4-3, 30-Love, then just four pretty bad unforced errors. Credit to him for really hanging in there, putting pressure, being aggressive, especially from the forehand. But, you know, I think I should have done better there."

Djokovic though was pleased with the final outcome, and said, "Again, all in all, two tiebreaks against a big server is a great win and great confidence boost."

Speaking about the tiebreaks in particular Djokovic shared, "I guess it comes down to one or two points really, or one or two guesses, intuition, where he's going to serve, you pick the side. If you have the second serve looks, then you must use it. Shouldn't put too much pressure on yourself, but you know that's the moment when you need to step in. So he was also quite aggressive with his second serve today. He served a lot to my forehand. He didn't give me the same look. He was always mixing it up. At least when you have a second serve, you have a better chance to get into the rally, then start the point. But when you play against Karlovic, Isner, Milos, it's a gamble sometimes. It really comes down to one or two points."