"I had to take my opportunities as he was under pressure fighting for the world number one spot so he has to win matches. From me no-one expects anything."
Safin admitted later that he already booked himself on a flight to Moscow on Wednesday evening but he must now prepare himself for a third-round match against Italian Andreas Seppi.
"I hadn't looked at the draw because I saw I had Djokovic in the second round, but now I wiill have to check. The way I am playing right now I can go far but it must be step by step," added the Russian.