After a fifth loss in the final, third to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic just can’t win in Cincinnati where he says the courts don’t do him any favors.
“I think he’s more aggressive here than in any other tournament because the surface and conditions allow him to play very fast,” he said of Federer’s success, winning now seven times. “He generally copes well with the fast balls, fast game. He likes this rhythm. I don’t too much.
“The way I played this week, it’s great I managed to reach the finals.
Djokovic is now 0-5 in the Cincinnati final losing all 10 sets. It’s the only Masters events he hasn’t won.
“You can’t win all the time,” he said. “I won many matches this year. Of course it’s disappointing at this stage to reflect on the match. Could have done some things better, but I lost to a better player, no question about it. I have to deal with it. US Open is behind a corner, and I have to already turn the next page. Hopefully I can do well there.”
And in New York, he says, the court is more to his liking. Though he still has a few things to work out in his game before then.
“Played a couple good matches and couple not‑so‑good matches. Still not very happy with my form and with my game, but I have a week to work on it. Conditions in New York suit me a little bit better, so I look forward to it.”
Djokovic has lost just once Grand Slam match on the season, a loss to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final.
He also added that his elbow and stomach issues are gone, and that he is healthy for New York. But he enters with losses to both Federer and Andy Murray.
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