Djokovic???s victory over Roger Federer in 2014 final was the catalyst for an incredible year for the Serb, as he went on to win five ATP titles and two Grand Slams – Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
The 10-time Grand Slam winner spoke to Sky Sports Tennis on the eve of his appearance at this year’s event and compared the desert duel – and yearly Masters 1000 opener – to one the majors.
“This is one of the biggest events we have in the sport after the Grand Slams,” said Djokovic, “and it???s really great to see people like Larry Ellison ??? the owner of the tournament ??? and all the people who work in the organisation are trying to make sure all the players are comfortable with new facilities, courts, a new stadium last year with court two.??
“It really feels like a Grand Slam and that encourages players to play their best.”
The 27-year-old is definitely playing some of his best tennis in 2015, and says that he will try to utilise the confidence from a win in Melbourne a final at the Dubai Open and win over Croatia in the Davis Cup, to push for his??50th ATP World Tour title in Indian Wells this week.
“It makes a huge difference if you start with a Grand Slam win”, said Djokovic.
“Davis Cup win, Dubai final ??? the season has started fantastic and I can???t complain.
“I???m feeling good on the court and obviously I???m going to try and use the confidence from those events in the opening weeks of the season into Indian Wells and try to have a great tournament.”