After a heartbreaking defeat in the Wimbledon final a month ago against Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic took a break from the tour. As the ATP course moves from a grass-court season hangover into preparation for the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year, Djokovic still doesn’t spend time with his family. But the Serb is ready to return to action in the Cincinnati Masters, kicking off Wednesday. and before his first match Djokovic has been asked to reconsider the painful loss in London.
Speaking to the media in Ohio on Sunday, Djokovic admitted that even though he left behind the disappointment of losing the final But he regretted not having a chance against Alcaraz in the final set. However, he praised the Spaniard. by praising him as a worthy champion
“It’s not the first time. [nor] I lost the last match So I finished in one day,” Djokovic said ahead of the Western & Southern Open. I really need a good rest. and have time to spend with family And that’s what I did. Obviously I regret not taking the chance in that final.
“I’ve been [a] Setup and setpoints in the second period And I feel like I’m close to taking the lead. And, of course, there was a breaking point in number five. It was a tight game but well deserved by his team. Because winning he plays better in important moments. And that’s what I said after the final. I think he’s a well-deserved winner. And it really is. You move on.”
Novak Djokovic ready for the US Open
Djokovic stood on the doorstep of the Open Era record, while much of the conversation focused on the possibility of him equaling Roger Federer’s eight Wimbledon records. Claiming his 24th Major in the Open Era, surpassing the legendary Serena Williams, however, Djokovic, who won the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, remains confident and motivated to achieve similar success at the US Open.
“Obviously I have to keep going. and try to regroup and find motivation for what is about to happen and all the challenges ahead of me And that’s why I came here,” said Djokovic. If I’m not motivated I wouldn’t be here Now, after playing professional tennis for many years. I feel like I have the option to play what I really want to play. And I’d love to be here in Cincinnati, and of course. [the] US Open [is] around the corner”
This will be Djokovic’s first appearance at the Cincinnati Masters since he won the title in 2019 and his 15th overall. He has a 40-12 record in the tournament with two trophies (2019 and 2017), seven so far the final. Winner
“Lots of time for family. Relax and prepare for the tournament here on American soil. It’s been two years since my last stay in America. Of course I’m very excited and looking forward to my return,” Djokovic said. “I haven’t been to Cincinnati since 2019. So glad to be back. A lot of the young fans I saw at the training ground a few days ago. Which is always a great thing to see. And people love their tennis.”
Djokovic will begin his campaign on Wednesday when he faces either Alejandro Davidovich Fokina or Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
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