Djokovic said he was not overwhelmed by the pressure of expectation and was more motivated to play his best tennis.

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NEW YORK: The world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia will chase history in the next two weeks at the US Open, where a title would bring him a record-breaking 21 majors and the Grand Slam after he had already won the Australian won the Open, the French Open and Wimbledon this year.

Djokovic is currently tied with the Swiss legend Roger Federer and the Spanish clay court specialist Rafael Nadal in 20 Grand Slam titles and a fourth US Open title to Adding to his three previous triumphs – 2011, 2015 and 2018 – the two tennis stars will overtake him / p> “Of course I know how big an opportunity lies ahead of me here in New York, where historically I’ve played really well over the years. It’s probably the most fun tennis court we have. in the] stadium, “said Djokovic.

” I can’t wait. To be honest, I’m very motivated to play my best tennis. But I have to hit one ball at a time, try to be in the moment, have a guiding star, a dream to win. “Slam here, which would obviously complete the calendar slam,” Djokovic told / p> “I am undoubtedly very inspired and motivated by it. But at the same time I know how to balance things mentally, with many expectations. I feel my participation here without Rafa and Roger participating. I know that it is there are a lot of people who watch my matches and expect me to do well and fight for a slam. “

Djokovic added that it would also be without the 20-time major winners Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer who Competing against Flushing Meadows will be a lot of tough challengers. Runner-up Daniil Medvedev from Russia triumphed in Toronto, German Alexander Zverev won the Olympic Games in Tokyo and Cincinnati, and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas is also a big contender.

“You still have top-class tennis players who are hot Streaks are like Zverev, Medvedev [and] Tsitsipas. These are the top three contenders I see for the title. But a grand slam is a grand slam. week-long event, best-of-five [sentences]. Everyone wants to do well in the Grand Slams. Anything can happen, “said Djokovic.

” Of course the top seeds are the top favorites to get deep and deep into the tournament, but I’ve been in this situation many times in my life. “

Djokovic hasn’t competed since the Tokyo Olympics, but the Serb said his preparation for the final major of the season went well.

“I feel good on the pitch. I have [a ] took some extra time off after [the] Olympics. [I] didn’t play against Cincinnati, which was previously planned, because after that long summer I felt exhausted in every way, which was very successful, “said Djokovic.

“[I didn’t win a medal at the] Olympic Games [I]. It was a great experience to share the village and dining room with over 10 thousand athletes. It is a very unique experience that will be remembered forever .

“You take away a lot of positive things seen from tennis performance, in general. I think you can learn a lot, you speak life, you speak sports. I really appreciate the experience. “

Djokovic has fond memories of New York, where he won the US Open trophy three times and reached the final five times. The Serb has a 75-12 record on the Flushing hard courts Meadows.

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