“Rafa has proven so many people wrong over the years," Djokovic told a small group of reporters at the LA Tennis Challenge, where he partnered idol Pete Sampras for the first time in doubles. “In the end he comes up blistering, always fighting so hard and coming up with unbelievable results. To be honest, I did expect a bigger fight from Ferrer, but I am sure he tried his best. But on the other side, I’m not surprised knowing how good Rafa is on clay and in general.
"Yes, he did have a seven-month break from injury, but he then came back a few weeks before on his favorite surface and I guess it's proof that he feels great and I’m sure he’s building his confidence. It’s great for the tennis world that he’s back because he’s a great champion and is very popular and it brings a lot of good to the sport.”