US OPEN 2013
Djokovic Primed for US Open After 'Unbelievable Day'
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The World No. 1 gave a speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday before heading to the ATP World Tour's No. 1 Celebration event later that day.
''It was an unbelievable day, you know. In the morning, UN, and in the evening, the Heritage Program," Djokovic said on Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
''I got personally to speak at the UN in the name of the global family of athletes around the world for the proclamation of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which will be on 6th of April. It's something that is just out of ordinary for me. I never have done it. I never have seen the UN offices and facilities, and I know that many big world decisions are made at that place.''
The Serb found himself among more familiar but still impressive company a few hours later at the ATP Heritage event, where he was among 19 No.1 players in attendance. "And just being able to be surrounded with this elite [group] of great guys and incredible champions, not just of tennis, but of sport in general, it was a fantastic and unforgettable experience for me," he said.
Djokovic also made an appearance at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at the National Tennis Center on Saturday.
The 2011 US Open champion feels he is ready to peak for the year's final Grand Slam after reaching the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Montreal and the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. "I thought I played quite decent in these two weeks. Just that both matches that I lost were 7-6 and 7-5 in the third set, and in important moments, I wasn't finding that maybe extra strength to be calm and to play the right shots," he said.
"That's what happens, you know. You go through these periods. But my confidence is still there.
''I love playing Grand Slams. I had a very good record in US Open in last five, six years that I have been coming back here, so I really look forward to it," added the four-time finalist at the event.