World number two Novak Djokovic has shared that he had some problems mentally in this season but physically he is in even better shape than last year. Talking to the reporters at the US Open, Djokovic said, "I feel physically stronger and better prepared than I did last year.
Mentally I had some ups and downs throughout the season, but I think that was maybe expected in a way. It's normal to have ups and downs." The Serbian also stated that it was near impossible to repeat his last year’s achievements in this season as such performances cannot be repeated again and again.
Djokovic had won his first 41 matches in the last season, capturing Australian Open and four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. Then he went on to win Wimbledon and US Open crowns later in the year. However, the Serbian juggernaut has won just three titles including Australian Open, BNP Paribas Open and Rogers Cup this year so far.
Djokovic failed in reaching the final of Wimbledon and could not win any medal at the London Olympics. He added, "It's really hard to expect that I could go five, six months every year without losing a match. It's been a long season and a long summer, but my year has been really good.
I had an exhausting four-and-a-half weeks and I was very glad that I had very successful Toronto and Cincinnati tournaments.” After ending his Olympics campaign empty handed, Djokovic won the Toronto Masters and finished runners up in Cincinnati.
The Serbian went on to say, "Coming into the US Open, it was very important for me to get in some hard court matches. Hard court is my most preferred surface so I really look forward to the start of this major." Djokovic made an ideal start at the US Open, downing Paolo Lorenzi with a loss of just two games 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in the first round. He will now play Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round.