Novak Djokovic tips himself to win the US Open, but is wary of in-form NextGen star
Novak Djokovic has tipped himself to win the US Open, admitting he ‘likes his chances,’ although he knows he may have to find a way to beat in-form Daniil Medvedev to do it.
Medvedev beat Djokovic in the semi-final of the Cincinnati Masters last week before the Russian went on to win the title.
It was Medvedev’s third final in three weeks, and his second win over Djokovic this year.
However, while the Serb certainly seems to rank Medvedev as a serious contender at the US Open, he is backing himself to get the job done and successfully defend his title.
“I see mostly positives really in my game,” Djokovic said after his Cincinnati exit.
“I did lose a tennis match, but I didn’t do too much wrong. I lost to a player that was playing amazing, so I’ll take that and I’ll move forward to New York and have a good practice week.
“Then, of course, get myself ready for the Open. I love playing in those conditions there, center court.
“Gonna go to fight for a title as everyone else does, and I like my chances. I mean, I feel good, and I look forward to it.”
Daniil Medvedev is a Masters 1000 champion and a top 5 player.
Incredible 12 months he is having. pic.twitter.com/OOp1ZBH5IF
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 18, 2019
Djokovic defeated Medvedev at the start of the season in Australia, so is well-positioned to chart his progress since then.
No ATP player has won more matches than the Russian this season – a run that has seen him climb into the world top five- and that’s certainly something that hasnt gone unnoticed.
“He certainly improved since Australian Open this year. His forehand is better. His movement is better.
“There is certainly an evolution in his game and improvement. He’s going in the right direction, and it’s why he’s doing so well.”
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