“When the tournament is over I will try to win her back as soon as possible. That’s my goal, that’s what I’m working towards,” said the Spaniard.
Djokovic will take over the number one in the world because – unlike defending champion Alcaraz – he does not have to defend any points from the previous year in New York.
Until the 3rd round, the Serb held back with declarations of war in the direction of his competition. After the 4: 6, 4: 6, 6: 1, 6: 1, 6: 3 hussar piece against his compatriot Laslo Djere, he corrected that.
Djokovic: “The message is…”
“I think the message to the rest of the field is that I’m obviously still able to play five sets until the middle of the night,” said the 36-year-old confidently: “To still win after being 2-0 down, always sends a strong message to future opponents.”
Djokovic can only meet Alcaraz in the final at the earliest.
However, the Djoker would not have liked to have made it so exciting against Djere. “To be honest, I didn’t want to. I still prefer a straight win. Hopefully I’ll be back on track next game,” he said.
In the round of 16, Djokovic meets the blatant outsider Borna Gojo (Croatia) on Sunday. The world number 105. had only won one Grand Slam match (French Open 2022) before New York.
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