Novak Djokovic said he’ll be ready to make his title defense at US OPEN

Novak Djokovic will open the final Grand Slam event of the season against 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz. Nole said he’ll be ready to make his title defense at Flushing Meadows.

during a practice session prior to the start of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City.

“I’m doing everything in my power with the medical team to make sure that I’m as close to 100 percent as possible during the course of this tournament, at least for the beginning of it,” Djokovic said Friday during the US OPEN draw ceremony.

“After undergoing certain treatments, I’ve gotten better. I’m just hoping that Monday when the tournament starts I’ll be able to, as I said, get as close to the maximum of executing my backhand shot as possible.”

during a practice session prior to the start of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City.
during a practice session prior to the start of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City.

“The third-round loss at Wimbledon to Sam allowed me to take some time and really regroup and think about what was achieved with the French Open,” the Serb said. “It gave me so much but it took a lot out of me as well. I really went all the way until the end in every sense of my being. After that, it took a bit of time for me to get centred again.

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“I know that there is a little room still for me to get better physically. Hopefully that’s going to be the case next couple days. Then, when the tournament starts, all the doors are open.”

Nole also said his issues at Wimbledon, where he was upset in the third round, weren’t physical, but “there were other things I was going through.”

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“We all have private issues and things that are more challenges than issues, things we have to encounter and overcome in order to evolve as a human being. That was the period for me. Was resolved and life is going on like everything else.” He declined to elaborate on those problems other than to say they had been resolved.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia is interviewed during a press conference prior to the start of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Novak Djokovic of Serbia is interviewed during a press conference prior to the start of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

“Other than that loss in the Olympic Games and Wimbledon, I’ve had a phenomenal season — definitely rank this season one of the best that I’ve had in career”. “So I don’t feel like it has shaken me too much. I just hope to be healthy and to be enabled to play the way I wish to play in US Open. That’s why I’m here.”

source: reuters, the associated press

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