3/28/13 2:29 AM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic could not believe the poor performance which led to his elimination in the fourth round of the Miami Masters at the hands of evergreen veteran Tommy Haas.
But the Serb top seed and defending champion gave full marks to his 34-year-old conqueror.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's definitely the worst match I have played in a long time," said loser of only his second match of the season in which he has won the Australian Open and Dubai.
"All the credit to him. He played a great match and he was the better player, no question about it. The results show everything," said Djokovic. "I just didn't feel good on the court. Conditions were really much, much different from previous matches. Balls didn't bounce at all.
"It was very cold, and I just didn't find a better solution to come back to the match. Even though I was a break down, I managed to come back and then when I needed to step in I didn't. I made so many unforced errors from forehand side, and it's just the way it is.
"Definitely he made great tactics, used the serve well, moved around the court really well and was better. The crowd is fantastic and always giving me plenty of support. Unfortunately, I didn't give them that third set. I wanted it badly. I was trying to find rhythm and that's the way it is."
Djokovic will now take a breather as he prepares for next weekend's Davis Cup quarter-final in the back-woods venue of Idaho in the far west of the US.
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