Novak Djokovic interviewed by Caroline Wozniacki
Tennis is filled with top-rated players right now who seem happy to fulfill their pesky media duties. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijisters, Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva, they are all insightful and cooperative.
And then there were Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday afternoon at Wimbledon. Djokovic is the second-seeded man in the draw; Wozniacki the top-seeded woman.
While Djokovic was giving his pre-tournament news conference, Wozniacki came bounding into the room and took a seat with the other media. She raised her hand to ask a question and was pointed to by the moderator.
"Novak, I'm sorry if you've been asked this question before since I'm a little bit late," Wozniacki said.
"Where are you from," Djokovic said with a straight face.
"I am from the Monaco newspaper on Avenue Princess Grace," Wozniacki said.
The two are neighbors in Monaco, by the way.
"Oh, OK," Djokovic said. "I'll be glad to answer."
Wozniacki's question? "You know, you had this little losing streak of one, so what are you going to do to change that?"
The joke was on Djokovic, who has lost only once this year -- in the semifinals of the French Open to Roger Federer.
"Well," Djokovic said, "you know what? I will try to look up to some women players who have been so consistent with their wins, for example, like Caroline Wozniacki. I don't know if you've heard about her. She's become a role model for all of us ATP players. So I'm going to try to look at some of her matches and try to break this losing streak of one, you know, try to get on the right path."
And then the joke was on Wozniacki, who endures the chatter that while she is the No. 1-ranked player in the world, she still hasn't won a major title.
-- Diane Pucin reporting from Wimbledon
Photo: Novak Djokovic trains on Court 6 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Saturday in preparation for Wimbledon. Credit: Oli Scarff / Getty Images