In an interview with Eurosport, the seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander commented on Novak Djokovic's straight-set win over Roberto Carballes Baena. The Swede praised Serb's ability to evolve. "He was playing shorter points, he was dictating.
His backhand will always be there, he can always rely on it. That's what separates him from other players. Just after the surgery, he was feeling pain on his elbow and the backhand did not work. The serve is also improving all the time.
He knows how to mix it up, he is improving which is incredible and so are Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. They are pushing each other. They know they can improve and develop their game", said Wilander. On Ashleigh Barty's three-set first round win, Wilander added: "She started off really terrific.
She could not hit a backhand at all. The two-handed backhand is definitely a weakness for Ash. But the pressure is off now having won a Grand Slam, and having been the world No. 1. What will motivate her is to improve certain aspects of her game.
She cannot play too many tough matches until the end of the event." Rafael Nadal's coach Francis Roig commented on the Spanish player's condition prior to his first-round match against John Millman in the US Open.
Roig said: "He had a very good training session. He trained great for a week, for a couple of days we were not that happy. From Montreal he played very well, it's always important to win a hard-court title and at the best of three sets it's always tough because opponents can come back.
You have to be ready, we know the first rounds are always tough. Millman is an experienced player, a more experienced guy than when we faced him at Wimbledon."