( Reuters) – Off-court interruptions and a neck injury could not prevent Novak Djokovic from extending his winning run this year to 23 matches and the Serbian could not be in more intimidating type ahead of the U.S. Open.
Djokovic clinched his 80 th career title and equalled Rafa Nadal’s record of 35 Masters 1000 wins when he rallied from a set down to beat Milos Raonic in the Western & Southern Open final on Saturday.
” I am trying to take advantage of my career, attempting to use this time when I feel that I am physically, mentally, mentally, game-wise at (my) peak and playing some of the best tennis that I have ever played,” the world top informed press reporters.
” Going on an unbeaten run up until now this year undoubtedly brings even more confidence each match. I’m simply attempting to enjoy it and welcome the process.
” The length of time that journey is going to last and what sort of tradition I’m going to leave, that’s on someone else to actually evaluate and assess.”
In the absence of his rivals for the title of biggest men’s gamer of the modern-day era, Djokovic is odds-on favourite to win his 4th crown at Flushing Meadows for an 18 th Grand Slam accomplishment that would put him one behind Nadal and two behind Roger Federer.
The 33- year-old will open his U.S. Open campaign versus Damir Dzumhur at night session on an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.
He looked unbeatable in his early matches at the Western & Southern Open at Flushing Meadows before coming to within two points of losing to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals.
Raonic broke Djokovic’s serve twice to win the opening set of the final 6-1 but Djokovic again shifted to a higher equipment to emerge victorious.
Prior To the 2020 season was halted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he had actually won the ATP Cup with Serbia, a 8th Australian Open and a 5th Dubai title
It was not all plain sailing on court recently, nevertheless, as he required medical attention on a neck injury a couple of times and there have been off-court concerns to handle.
Djokovic resigned as president of the gamers council of the guys’s ATP Tour and floated a breakaway association for the professional athletes, dealing with stiff resistance from the governing bodies as well as Federer and Nadal.
” There’s been a great deal of off-court things that I kind of needed to be associated with straight or indirectly,” he said on Saturday.
” It was difficult, certainly, specifically in the last three, 4 days. It has actually been challenging mentally and emotionally for me to stay sane and have the ability to compete on the greatest level and win this title.”
Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; modifying by Nick Mulvenney and Ed Osmond
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