SHANGHAI -- Reflecting on his 2013 season, Novak Djokovic rued his subpar performance at the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. He's won only one of the first seven, the Monte Carlo Masters in April, but still has chances this week at the Shanghai Masters and later this month at the Paris Masters.
"It has been a pretty good year, even though I maybe expected from myself better performances, especially at the 1000 events," Djokovic told reporters Tuesday ahead of his first match here. "In the Grand Slams, I've done pretty well. I won a trophy [the Australian Open], played a semifinal and two finals, so I cannot complain about that. But the other events, I should have done better."
Djokovic has lost five three-setters at Masters events, against John Isner (Cincinnati quarterfinals), Nadal (Montreal semifinals), Tomas Berdych (Rome quarterfinals), Grigor Dimitrov (Madrid second round) and Juan Martin del Potro (Indian Wells semifinals). He also played a flat match in a straight-set loss to Tommy Haas in the fourth round of the Miami Masters.
Last year, Djokovic won three Masters titles. And two years ago, when he finished 70-6, he counted five Masters shields among his 10 titles.
"I am aware of the fact that the 2011 season will be very difficult to repeat," Djokovic said. "But still knowing that I have done something like that, knowing that I've lost only few matches in a whole year, gives me a lot of confidence and also belief that I can do it again."
Djokovic, who is 57-9 this year with four titles, is coming off an impressive 6-3, 6-4 victory against Nadal in the China Open final. "I'm at a good place right now," he said. "Something that makes me very happy is that I managed to kind of regroup and mentally find my concentration and determination after the U.S. Open final loss against Nadal."