Novak Djokovic: I’m well prepared for US Open

Greg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. A giant amount of hype never seems to swirl for Djokovic in Flushing.


Rafael Nadal, no matter what his standing, is a player to watch.

World number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic will launch their bids for the US Open title on Monday’s (tomorrow’s) first day of competition, tournament organisers announced Friday.

He lost in the semi-finals previous year to eventual victor Marin Cilic, who beat Kei Nishikori in a one-sided final. He is even adding new wrinkles to his game, surprising opponents by charging into the service box to return serves. In my mind, he has a chance to place himself among the great, great players.

Haider-Maurer trails in his ATP head-to-head series against Djokovic 1-0. It may not be surprising to Roger Federer fans, as he wiped out Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati, and again the Serb fell in the final against Andy Murray in Montreal.

“It gives me confidence to know that what I’ve been working on these past few days and weeks has been going very well”, said Serena.

And of course, he remains without a best of five set win against any of the big three since his surgery.

Winning the trifecta isn’t easy. She clinched her spot in the main draw by beating Melanie Oudin, the darling of the 2009 U.S. Open as a 17-year-old quarterfinalist. Their next encounter came at Wimbledon, where a serving masterclass from the Swiss consigned Murray to yet another straight sets defeat in front of his home crowd.

Djokovic, who did it in 2011, could become only the second player to do it twice.

“The Shanghai match was one of the toughest ones I’ve ever won in my career”, Federer said.

It’s the story that will dominate the U.S. Open until it happens – or doesn’t. I don’t feel I chase rhythm in a match. Murray tops the standings after winning Montreal and reaching the Cincinnati semis.

Federer plays Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the first round, whom he beat in a third-set tie-break in Shanghai past year.

“Everything was lined up for him”, Gilbert said.

“I’m an ambitious guy and I devote myself completely to the sport. Djokovic had a dominant head-to-head against him”.

“Stan stepped in and played beautifully”, Gilbert said. “To put that behind him and win Wimbledon – that might be the best result of 2015″. Their next match in 2006 came at a more prestigious event, Masters 1000 Cincinnati. Graf accomplished her one-year Grand Slam in 1988. Djokovic is a rhythmic player who goes on runs.

Djokovic already has the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles under his belt in 2015, taking his majors total to nine.

Roger Federer has not reached the US Open final since 2009. She was originally supposed to face five-time major champion Maria Sharapova on Monday.

He then endured a quarterfinal loss at Roland Garros to compatriot Stan Wawrinka. Nadal, once Federer’s biggest nemesis, will captain the Indian Aces.

If he can be as aggressive in New York, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.


“I saw he was playing fantastic [in Cincinnati]…” His was seen by millions. His ongoing streak of ten consecutive finals (tops the seven straight title rounds he made in 2011) includes victories in two of the three Grand Slam finals. He lost to his two rivals over the summer and struggled with his game.

Roger Federer garnered seventh Cincinnati Masters