Novak's presser after his quarter-final match
Q. Was it easier to play today than yesterday?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Sincerely, yes. Yesterday I received the news at wrong time. Well, I think anytime is the wrong time to receive that news.
Today was a bit better, but still a lot of emotional ups and downs throughout the match.
But look, you know, I'm playing tennis. I'm very satisfied that I was able to, you know, compose myself and get on the court and try to win matches.
I got to the semifinals, which is big result for me under the circumstances.
Q. Did you consider pulling out?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I did. Yeah, I did. But I'm a professional in one hand, and life goes on. I know that I cannot change anything now. Obviously it's what life gives you and takes you. It's a normal circle of life.
I was very close to him, so it was a big loss for me and all the family.
But he's with me, I know that, in spirit. I'm remembering only the nicest memories, and that's what gave me strength to play yesterday and today. So, yeah.
Q. Can sometimes actually playing be a bit of a therapy almost?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: In some ways, yes. Over the years, I've learned whenever I play tennis to kind of switch off from everything else. You get that mindset and that ability to switch off when you dedicate a lot of time to this sport.
So it could have been the case that, you know, in some ways I was getting my thoughts off that. But still it's present. Obviously it's not that easy.
Q. Were you thinking to possibly to go to the funeral and then come back or it's out of the possibility?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, it's not possible. It's a very sensitive thing to talk about really. Every religion has a different way of proceeding, the funerals, life itself.
I like to believe that when a person goes away from this world, the spirit stays and just moves to another living being, and we should celebrate the life that that person left behind.
So I tried to focus on that. Obviously it's not an easy task to talk about because you keep on thinking about a person not being present. But, look, you know, I have the nicest memories only. I would like it to stay that way.
Q. How much stronger do you feel after that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I will see. I don't know. It's still very fresh to make that judgment.
Q. Grand Slams aside, to win a tournament like this in these circumstances, would it rank extremely highly, given the highly charged emotion of the whole week?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, well, you know, I don't believe that I'm the first person in the world that experiences this. I know that many people understand what the feeling is right now.
As I said, I'm proud of how my family's handling everything. I'm happy that my two brothers are here with me, at least, my girlfriend and my team. The rest of the family is back in Serbia. We are all trying to go through this together, and that's the most important thing.
Q. When are you planning to go back to Belgrade for the first time, do you think?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Probably next week, yeah, when I'm finished with this.