Following a very easy 61, 61, 61 win over Joao Souza in his the opening round, Novak Djokovic talked about the impact have his baby boy Stefan is having here in New York as he tries to win a second US Open.
“It has been the best thing that has ever happened in my life,” Djokovic said. “It did not come to me in any way that it can be a distraction. In contrary, it only added a new dimension of energy and love that I manage to use for my tennis as well. I never thought I could experience such unconditional love, and now I understood what all the people who were parents before were telling me. You’ll see. You’ll see what it actually means. You know, I’m just blessed to be able to follow his development and every day change. His presence here in New York with my wife, of course, means a lot to me because they give me that serenity I need during Grand Slam.”
Djokovic resumes his quest for lock up the No. 1 ranking and win a third Slam on the season tomorrow against Andreas Haider-Maurer.
“With a dominant win like the one today, it adds to your confidence, your self-belief,” he said. “But it’s also making a statement for everybody that is out there watching. We are all watching each other’s matches. We are all seeing how each other progresses. It’s important you’re out on the court with the right intensity and you’re sending a good message, and I’ve done so.”
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