‘I feel like I’m getting my groove back,’ Novak Djokovic warns US Open rivals
Novak Djokovic warned rivals that he ‘feels like he is getting his groove back’ after beating Kei Nishikori at the US Open.
Djokovic had made no secret of the fact he was not entirely happy with his performances in the tournament so far, and he again made a sluggish start against Nishikori – a former US Open finalist himself.
However, after dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, he went on to secure a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win to ease himself into round four.
“I don’t think I started off very well,” Djokovic said. “I was quite passive.
“I was too far back in the court. He was dictating the play. I was still trying to find the rhythm, find the tempo.
“Obviously he played much quicker and more aggressive than my opponents in the opening rounds did, so it took me a little bit of time to adjust to his game.
“I think beginning of the second set I already felt like I’m getting the groove back, I’m getting that rhythm back.
“I was very pleased with the focus. Maybe at some points I wasn’t at my best, but overall I was determined, I was concentrated and that’s what matters in the end.”
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