US OPEN 2013
Everything “Coming Together” For Djokovic
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Novak Djokovic has been in the zone at the US Open and the Serb is the first to admit that his hot streak is the result of his work with new coaching consultant Wojtek Fibak. Djokovic recently hired the former Top 10 player and their partnership has been paying dividends thus far.
Djokovic revealed that being more aggressive with his net game has been a priority. “I have many opportunities during the match to come to the net and finish out the point earlier. That’s one of the things on the practice agenda that we have with our team. We are working on the serve, getting more precise, efficient, and using the opportunities to just make a winner and come to the net.
“You have to be always concentrated 100 per cent to that state of mind where everything works. You can lose a match easier than you really get to that point, so that's why it's very demanding.”
The World No. 1 has relinquished five games or less in three of his four matches and is on a collision course for a rematch with defending champion Andy Murray in the semi-finals.
"I have this very determined vision of what I need to do on the court," Djokovic said. "My goal is to win the matches whoever I play against."
Despite his success in New York, Djokovic is cognisant that the competition will be getting stiffer as the tournament progresses and he is ready. “It's all coming together for me right now,” the Belgrade native added. “I'm aware of the fact that as the tournament goes on I'm going to have bigger challenges, better quality players, higher ranked players, but I'm ready for that challenge. I look forward to it.”
Djokovic addressed one of those challenges: facing rival Rafael Nadal. “He's using the serve very efficiently. He's going for precision. He knows that he can back it up. He has one of the best second shots in the game. He's been playing well, no question about it. He's confident and a very dangerous opponent on any surface.”
Djokovic will next face two-time US Open semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny in Thursday’s quarter-finals.