Djokovic returns to New York to be crowned champion again

August 27, 2012

ATP Tennis News, Interviews

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Novak Djokovic has expressed his desire of being crowned champion once again. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Defending champion, Novak Djokovic has made no secret of his intentions over the next two weeks: the Serb returns to New York to become the champion once again.  At a press conference given in New York, Novak Djokovic vehemently disagreed with those who think that the U.S. Open draw has been favourable towards him, because he believes “there are a lot of players who have strong motivations at this tournament. Let’s not forget what happened at Wimbledon during the encounter between Nadal and Rosol. We need to think one step at a time, turn by turn.”

“I really like the tournament, I feel the energy I have had here in the last five years and I get great satisfaction from this. The feeling of returning to New York, one of the most exciting cities of the world, as champion, it’s amazing. I enjoy interacting with people a lot, with fans who enjoy your every point, I think it is different from other Slams despite each of them being unique in its offering.”

Nole did not deny that he has struggled on court this year occasionally and has not always performed as well as he would have liked, but he is still positive about his capabilities and his physical state on court:

“It is difficult to compare to 2011: Physically I feel stronger and more prepared, maybe mentally I have had ups and downs, I think it is difficult to expect to win consecutively for six months. We must always look at the positive aspects, this season, I was very happy with my results in Toronto and Cincinnati.”

The US Open starts today and it will be the Grand Slam tournament without Nadal since June.  Djokovic was quick to wish his on court nemesis “…a speedy recovery, as he is a great opponent, I know him very well outside of the court. I’m sure he has a serious problem because otherwise he would come to compete. For the tournament and tennis it’s a great loss, because he is very appreciated and popular all over the world.”

When Djokovic was questioned about his thoughts and predictions on the WTA Tour, he enthusiastically shared his sentiments about Serena Williams:

“She continues to dominate and win most of her matches, although she is not present in all tournaments on the circuit. She is a model for many young people who are ushering in tennis.”

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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