World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is playing down his chances of winning a fourth Canadian Open title and 30th at the Masters level this week in Toronto. The Serb is the big favorite after the withdrawals of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“I don’t expect anything. I just try to get myself ready for performing as best as I can,” Djokovic said about the week. “I had a bit more time because of the early loss at Wimbledon to spend some quality time with family, regroup a little bit and start training on hard court, which I enjoy the most. So I look forward to it.”
Djokovic enters the Canadian Open following a shock loss at Wimbledon to Sam Querrey.
“Everything happens for a reason so obviously I didn’t enjoy losing the first week of a Grand Slam,” Djokovic said. “On the hand, the next day it was already behind me.
“Obviously, you can always learn more from your losses than your wins. I had to look back and try to understand, not just what happened in that match, but what happened in the six months prior to that that led to those kind of results and circumstances. A bad loss at Wimbledon cannot overshadow the results I’ve had in the last 15 months.”
Djokovic opens play tomorrow night in Toronto against lefty Gilles Muller. He is the top seed at the event for a sixth straight year winning in Montreal twice (2007, ’11) and Toronto in 2012. He also was runner-up in Montreal last year (l. to Murray). He has a 19-3 match record in Montreal and 11-3 in Toronto.
“I have a wonderful history in the Rogers Cup in Toronto and Montreal. That’s what goes through my mind right now. Just enjoy, play well, play singles and doubles and get as many hours in as possible.”
After Toronto, Djokovic will head to Rio and then to Cincinnati as part of a very busy summer.
Djokovic playing ball hockey:
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