(August 24, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY - No. 1 in the world and 2011 US Open champion Novak Djokovic spoke about the competition among his rivals for this year’s title and primarily about Rafael Nadal on US Open media day.
“First of all, Nadal is definitely back,” Djokovic said, “and he’s playing maybe the best tennis that he ever has played on hard court really. He hasn’t lost a match here. He won three Masters events. He won it in great style. He was very aggressive, and he seems like he changed a little bit the game.
“He stepped in a little bit more. He knows that now he has to be a bit more aggressive than he usually is because of, I guess, his knees and everything and because hard court is not clay. It’s not his favorite surface; it’s faster.
“I’m sure he worked on that, and you could see that all the work he put in are getting results. He’s definitely so far the best player this year. There is no question about it. The results are showing everything.”
Djokovic pointed out that Roger Federer at No. 7 in the world is probably having his worst year in 10 years.
“It is unusual to see that he’s No. 7 of the world.” said the Serb.
“I’m sure he knows what he’s doing. He’s probably focusing on the Grand Slams, and that’s where he wants to perform his best.”
Djokovic notes that there is a new wave of players after the generation of himself, Nadal, Andy Murray, and Juan Martin Del Potro. He points out that players coming in the new wave include Grigor Dimitrov Jerzy Janowicz and Milos Raonic.
Djokovic will play in the first round of the US Open against Ricardas Berankis.