"We had a lot of time to really build up the game". "The ball wasn't traveling well and didn't go deep (into the opposition's court) throughout".
"The main point of the Players Association is that's something that you're referring to you know as I was saying in NY is not that we want to fight ATP, ITF, Grand slams, or anybody else", Djokovic mentioned.
The 33-year-old, who tied Pete Sampras' tally of 286 weeks as the No. 1 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings on Monday, is aiming to lift a record 36th Masters 1000 crown this week. "She loves tennis, and she's been there, as I understood, for quite a few years".
Men's tennis world number one Novak Djokovic says he can not guarantee he will not make a similar mistake to the one that led to him being defaulted at the US Open for striking a line judge with a ball but he remains confident it will not affect his tennis in the future.
Nadal has not played a tournament since winning his 85th singles title in Acapulco, having skipped the Western & Southern Open and the US Open in NY due to COVID-19 concerns.
In his first match since being defaulted in the fourth round of the US Open, Djokovic cruised to his 27th win from 28 matches in 2020.
Austria's Dominic Thiem won his first grand slam title after two of the triumvirate had deprived him on three previous opportunities.
"I didn't feel any emotional or mental blockages or any drama playing a match today".
"I am similar to always, maybe a little bit worse because I didn't compete for the last six months".
"Which one? There's 10 people in the stands", Djokovic replied.
When Caruso impressed him the Italian hit 13 winners to Djokovics 12 Djokovic said, Bravo.
"And playing on clay, you know, he's the ultimate challenge". "I accepted it, I moved on", Djokovic said. "I was very pleased how I handled myself in important moments of the match".
A hopping Caruso tried to pull off the leaping two-handed backhand, Marat Safin-style, but spun the shot into net as Djokovic gained the insurance break for a 5-2 second-set lead before closing a one hour, 24-minute triumph at love. While fans are not allowed, coaches and tournament officials were in attendance. "I miss the crowds. It's a little odd".
"I feel like I'm a vessel in order to spread awareness", the two-time U.S. Open victor said.
What surface is Novak Djokovic vs Filip Krajinovic being played on? "Everybody is beatable so I know that I didn't finish the match in US Open and obviously it ended the way it ended".
"Of course, I'm not ideal".
I haven't played against him since the first time we played in Belgrade... The ball flew right at the line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court and reached for her neck.
The world No. 2 doesn't have the easiest of draws, as he is set to play US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening round.
Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas fell to Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 6-1, 6-7 (9/11), 6-2, with sixth seeded Belgian David Goffin also exiting 6-2, 6-2 to Croatia's Marin Cilic.
In the women's tournament, top-seeded Simona Halep defeated Italian wild-card entry Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-4 and defending champion Karolina Pliskova eliminated fellow Czech player Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-3.
Afterward, Williams consoled herself by taking her dog for a walk around the empty grounds.
For the first tournament in a while, despite the almost half-year hiatus, the U.S. Open surprised me with its organization and preparation.