Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is coming in full of confidence, saying the playing conditions and his Slam experience should help him at the US Open.
The Serbian fell against young Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semis in Cincinnati, but isn't concerned. Medvedev turned the meeting around by switching to high-risk tactics from a set and a break down.
“I see mostly positives really in my game," Djokovic told press in Cincinnati. "I did lose a tennis match, but I didn't do too much wrong. I lost to a player that was playing amazing, so I'll take that and I'll move forward to New York and have a good practice.
"I love playing in those conditions there, center court. Gonna go to fight for a title as everyone else does, and I like my chances. I feel good, and I look forward to it.”
The 32-year-old beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets in the 2018 final.
Djokovic, who has won 16 Grand Slams, says that while younger players like No. 5-ranked Medvedev have played much better, they have yet to break through at the majors.
“He deserves to be in the mix, certainly,” Djokovic said. “He's definitely one of the best players in the world at this moment.
"He deserves to be in the contention for the championship in New York. But it's best of five. It's two weeks. It's Grand Slam. It's a different environment, different experience.”
That's where his record of previous wins is an advantage, added Djokovic.
“It takes patience and ability to know how to deal with all the off-court things, the importance of a Slam," he said. "Because Grand Slams are just different tournaments. They have so much challenges on and off the court.
"But that's why, over the years, you gain experience that helps you.”
The defending champion will also be the competition's top seed.
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