Q. What are your thoughts on the problems of playing in the heat?
Sometimes it's hard to catch your breath. You have to find a way to cool yourself and stay hydrated. We've been playing in this heat for years now. Not every year we had this many days in a row. But it's something you expect to face when you come over here.
Q. Fairly straightforward win today. Talk about your confidence going into this tournament with the title. Seems you're in a good head space these days.
I really felt comfortable in Auckland, played some really good tennis in the final. It was a great match, too, and great challenge. We played many times and I only once prevailed, so it's a very nice win.
It does give me confidence for this week, too. It's a new tournament, new matchups. But I'm enjoying as well competing. I have good and positive team around me. They're very supportive which means a lot.
Q. Are you doing anything different this year, or is everything a progression of trying to improve?
You know, we work hard over that. It's also, like I said before, they're very positive and that's something I was lacking in the past. Because as a player, even if you have tough loss or so, you doubt yourself lots of times. But they're very supportive and they're pushing me forward. That's where I want to be.
We really work well together.
Q. You're the one who has to be positive during matches on the court.
I just feel happy competing. I find strength and I enjoy having long points, long rallies, long games, and tough matches. That's what I was lacking in the past.
These kind of matches, you know, opponents can see as well. That sometimes gives you an edge.
Q. Looking back on your coaching situations ever since 2008, it looked like you were hiring almost designer coaches almost. You have a bit more of an understated team now. Do you think maybe there was too much pressure before?
I really tried to also listen to lot of people's advices. It wasn't always the right choice. I made some mistakes because of this. But I learned. Now, you know, many people were doubtful. But I had confidence, and I still do.
Communication, it's at a much higher level. They understand the sport. They understand the game. You know, it's just so different to anything I'm used to.
Q. Is the communication better because you can speak in Serbian?
We can really understand each other with less words. Even when I'm in doubt, I can express myself better and they can answer me better.
Q. You said many times you like challenges. Now you have a big challenge in Sam ahead of you. The winner of that will play Serena. Almost like you're at the end of a Grand Slam.
Q. How much will you enjoy the experience? Rod Laver Arena, night match, the crowd getting into it.
Q. Was it difficult for you to break out of the pattern of going with the big name coach, go with your new team?
You know, this time I really thought, This is my career and I have to turn towards me and just see what works out for me. I made that decision. I didn't regret it with one moment.
Q. Are you more the boss now, then, in the relationship? You've had prior coaches who were much older.
It's nice to have that balance, yet we all have respect for each other, which I think is vital.
Q. What are you reading these days?