Novak Djokovic: 'Grand Slams matter the most in the history of our sport'


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Novak Djokovic: 'Grand Slams matter the most in the history of our sport'

Novak Djokovic was fully focused on Monday during his straight-set first round match win over Roberto Carballes Baena at the US Open. The Serb said: "I mentioned in my last press conference that obviously at this stage of my career and my life, Grand Slam -- it's mostly about Grand Slams, really.

How can I, you know, set my shape and form to be at my best to reach the peak of my tennis performance and my abilities on the Grand Slam. They matter the most in the history of our sport. And certainly motivate me the most. Of course I do value every tournament that I play on, especially the big ATP 1000 Masters events, try my best.

These are the events where I want to perform my best. Taking that into consideration, it's no different approach than it was in the past ten years. Very motivated, very focused, very determined to do well. I have been in this particular situation many times in my career, and I know, you know, what feels comfortable for me, what I need to do in order to get far in the tournament.

Obviously I have lots of respect for anybody that I play against, and today I played against a player that I never faced before. That doesn't happen too often. It was a solid performance. I think I can still play better, but it's kind of expected for the first match and then, you know, I'm hoping that I can build from here."