Djokovic Visits Today Show In New York
Less than 48 hours after becoming the first man in history to complete the Career Golden Masters, Novak Djokovic was awake bright and early Tuesday for an appearance on NBC's breakfast show, Today, in New York City.
"It feels great [to complete the Career Golden Masters]... It is amazing to be in New York and obviously for the first time, at my sixth attempt, to win Cincinnati," said Djokovic. "It's probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis, to win all the Masters."
The 31-year-old, fresh off his recent win over Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open, is already in New York City as he begins preparations for the final Grand Slam of the season. The two-time champion joined Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and fans for a quick visit as excitement begins to build ahead of Monday's start of the US Open. Djokovic, who most recently lifted the trophy in 2015 (also 2011), owns a 62-10 record at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
After missing the 2017 tournament due to injury, Djokovic will be making his first appearance at the event since his runner-up finish to Stan Wawrinka two years ago. The 70-time tour-level titlist will be seeded sixth, with defending champion Rafael Nadal and five-time winner Roger Federer occupying the No.1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.
"I've been through a difficult journey with an injury that kept me away from the Tour for the second part of last season," said Djokovic. "For sixth months I was away, I [did not] play the US Open. It was the first Grand Slam I had missed... I'm really glad I am back on track. I recovered well and I am playing at my best at the moment. It is the best possible way to prepare for the US Open."
Note: Fans in the U.S. can watch this week's US Open qualifying action on Tennis Channel.