Coach Marian Vajda: Novak Djokovic needs to deal with media at US Open 'right way'

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Coach Marian Vajda: Novak Djokovic needs to deal with media at US Open 'right way'

Coach Marian Vajda has acknowledged that Novak Djokovic will have to be at his best mentally and physically in order to win the US Open. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, won the US Open in 2011, 2015 and 2018. "It is very demanding to win in New York,” revealed Vajda in a recent interview, as quoted on Tennishead.

“On a few occasions his energy dropped in the finals; New York is a very vibrant and emotional city, it can take a lot out of you. “[Djokovic] loves to play in New York, but sometimes it is hard to stay calm and to keep your emotions in check all fourteen days.

“Night and day matches, humidity, the city… Also, it is the last Slam of the season, you have expended a lot of energy as a player by that point”.

Djokovic needs to be 'fresh' mentally

"He needs to avoid the media, because the media creates the pressure.

Not to “avoid,” but to deal with it in the right way, and Novak knows how to do that," Vajda added. “He won’t take some negative questions personally, for example. He has come a long way in handling that relationship.

On the court, you just go out there and show your best. The court is Novak’s living room”. On Sunday, Djokovic beat Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to lift his 20th Grand Slam. Now, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer each have 20 Majors in their collection.

Djokovic has won the opening three Grand Slams of the season and he will now be aiming to win the US Open and capture a Calendar Grand Slam. “I could definitely envisage it happening and I will definitely give it a shot," said Djokovic. "I am in great form and I am playing well at the Grand Slams. So let’s keep it going”.