Cape Town - Novak Djokovic admitted he was hugely encouraged by his form
in Rome this week, after playing his way into a first quarter-final of the
The Serbian looked very impressive as he ousted 2017
Monte-Carlo finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 7-5, and he clearly feels like
he's starting to make strides.
Could Djokovic be starting to rediscover the player he once
"I'm happy. I haven't had too many matches of this
quality of my tennis in the past 12 months," he said.
"I think this was probably one of the three matches
that I played this way in the past 12 months. So, it felt good. And it came at
the right time in the place where I love to play, where I get a lot of support.
"I feel like each match is getting better. So,
hopefully, it's going to continue in this direction."
Standing between Djokovic and the semi-finals is a
formidable foe in Japanese star Kei Nishikori, who advanced after dispatching
German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 6-2 in 64 minutes.
The two met in the first round in Madrid recently, where
Djokovic secured one of the biggest wins since his comeback from injury.
Like Djokovic, he is also on the comeback trail from an
injury lay-off, and has been making some impressive strides of his own.
"It was strange playing Kei in the first round in
Madrid. But, it was a very close match," Djokovic said. "I expect the
same tomorrow. I expect a big fight from both of us."