Rejuvenated Djokovic Primed For Toronto
World No. 1 puts early Wimbledon exit behind him
Novak Djokovic is in rare territory. Not since 2008 has the Serbian arrived at his first event of the US summer having had so much time to regroup and prepare for the upcoming hard-court swing.
There is good reason for this. Until this year, he had not bowed out before the second week at Wimbledon since 2008. This week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto presents the first litmus test of how he has put the third-round defeat to Sam Querrey behind him.
The top seed has won three of the five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments this season and suffered only three losses in seven months. Nonetheless, he is keeping hopes in check.
“I don’t expect anything. I just try to get myself ready for performing as best as I can,” the World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings said. “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.
“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.”
Djokovic will look to extend his all-time Masters 1000 titles record to 30 in Toronto. The three-time Rogers Cup champion is the top seed for the sixth straight year in Canada, where he enjoys a 30-6 career record. He finished runner-up to Andy Murray in Montreal last year.
“You had Milos who played his first Grand Slam final, a couple of close sets with Andy,” Djokovic said. “He’s definitely one of the players that we’re going to see a lot of in future. He works very hard. He’s got John McEnroe in his team so he’s really striving to get better on and off the court.”
As is often the case with great champions, Djokovic isn’t dwelling too heavily on his shock early Wimbledon departure.
“Everything happens for a reason so obviously I didn’t enjoy losing the first week of a Grand Slam,” he 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.”