“I probably had an answer for every shot of his collection,” said a happy Joker. “In general, I’m very happy with how I feel and play. I hope I can maintain this level.”
Especially at first Djokovic played “Lights-Out-Tennis”. “It was almost flawless, a perfect first set,” the 36-year-old said enthusiastically of his game.
“It’s just the beginning of the tournament, but I really like the level of tennis I play,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic raves about the night sessions in New York
The 23-time Grand Slam winner played his last match at Flushing Meadows in 2021 when he lost to Russian Daniil Medvedev in three sets 4: 6, 4: 6, 4: 6 and thus also missed the four Grand Slam calendar.
This is one of the reasons why Djokovic is “so excited” to be able to open again at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“It’s our biggest tennis court,” said the Serb. “Everyone knows that the Arthur Ashe Nights are the hottest, funniest, loudest and most energetic matches in tennis.” It’s all about size. It’s the echo because “Build the roof. It’s a combination of all of that. People, New Yorkers, just love tennis. They don’t care if they have to stay up until midnight because they’re so excited.”
With this victory it is already clear that Djokovic will return to the top of the world rankings after the tournament and thus replace Carlos Alcaraz. The next opponent is Bernabe Zapata Miralles.
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