US OPEN 2013
Djokovic Looks To Re-Energise Ahead Of Monday's US Open Final
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
"I managed to find my way through, to adjust and to win. That's what counts," an exasperated Djokovic exclaimed. "I'm really happy that I won in five sets again coming back from two sets to one down. Mentally it's going to help me, and physically I'm fine. I haven't been spending much time on court before this match today. I'm going to have two days now to get ready for finals."
The World No. 1 will prepare for Monday's title shot knowing that he has a 2-2 record in Grand Slam championship finals after winning five-set clashes. On Monday, the 26-year-old Serbian will play second seed and his rival for year-end No. 1 Nadal in a bid to capture his seventh major trophy.
Djokovic is ready for the Nadal challenge. "He's the ultimate competitor out there. He's fighting for every ball and he's playing probably the best tennis that he ever played on hard courts...With no doubt he's the best player in the moment this year, no question about it. The way he's been playing he's very confident, but I know how to play him. Hard court is the surface that, as I said, is my most successful surface. I have played him already here twice in the finals. I know what I need to do."
Djokovic also came through a five-set major semi-final against Roger Federer at the 2010 US Open, but finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal. His two five-set semi-final victories, followed by major title successes were at the 2011 US Open (d. Federer in SFs, d. Nadal in final) and the 2012 Australian Open (d. Murray in SFs, d. Nadal in final).
Additionally, with the the duel for the year-end No. 1 ranking heating up between Djokovic and Nadal, the Serb expressed his desire to remain atop the rankings. "It's important to me, of course. I have been finishing the year's No. 1 the last two seasons and I know how much consistency and hard work and energy is put into all this. For 10, 11 months of a season you need to deliver in order to be No. 1 of the world...I'm fighting for it. I need to play well and I need to win tournaments in order to finish No. 1. I'm aware of that."