With his Grand Slam reputation and place back in the world top 10 restored, Novak Djokovic will now target a third career Wimbledon/US Open double after clinching his fourth title at the All England Club.
Djokovic defied the odds and even stunned himself by cruising to a 13th major title on Sunday to go fourth on the all-time list of Slam winners.
Only Pete Sampras (14), Rafael Nadal (17) and Roger Federer (20) are ahead of him following his 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Kevin Anderson.
Now the 31-year-old heads for the North America hard court season where he has traditionally thrived.
Of his 69 career titles, 51 have been on hard courts with 17 of those in the United States.
“Well, I understand that people are questioning whether I can consistently play at this level. Trust me, I am, too,” said Djokovic. “But this is going to be a huge confidence boost and springboard for whatever is coming up. I like to play on hard courts.
“The US Open was always a successful tournament for me. I didn’t played it last year. I’m looking forward to go out there and play my best.”
He will head to the United States boosted by his rejuvenation and knowing that he has a winning record against all his leading rivals.
Despite his joy at winning his first Slam for two years, Djokovic admitted that there were times when he thought he would never return to the top.
“Yeah, yeah, absolutely. There were several moments where I was frustrated and questioning whether I can get back on the desired level or not.
“But that makes this whole journey even more special for me.”AFP
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