World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted that a long summer took a toll on him but he insists he is feeling fresh ahead of the US Open. After winning the French Open and Wimbledon, Djokovic was hoping to win his first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Unfortunately for Djokovic, he ended up leaving Tokyo without a medal. "I have had lots of time to rest, really much time for a tennis player. It has been three and a half weeks since my last match. We have gotten used to it.
Tennis is being played throughout the entire year, we haven't had lots of time to rest, especially in an Olympic year. I have had a great summer, it exhausted me a lot, but I can't be complaining. I have had my best season when it comes to Grand Slams and I hope to conclude the year with one more victory," Djokovic said, as quoted on Sport Klub.
Djokovic wants to make history at the US Open
If Djokovic wins the US Open, he will capture his second Calendar Grand Slam. 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli can't imagine Djokovic failing to win the US Open. "I would not understand if we do not place him as a big favourite," Batolid told Tennis Majors.
"For me he is the big favourite. It’s a little easier. He has a day off between each match, he has time to think about each victory, he has time to rest before the next game. I think the Grand Slams are definitely playing in favour of Novak Djokovic.
He will try to win a 21st Grand Slam title and be the first to reach this level. I think his motivation will be at its peak and he has the game to win on hard, he has proven it time and time again. To be honest, I can’t see him failing to win the US Open."