World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has admitted that he is tired over answering questions regarding a potential Calendar Grand Slam and making tennis history at the US Open.
Djokovic, 34, is bididng to become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.
After beating Matteo Berrettini in the US Open quarterfinal, Djokovic was asked about having a chance to make history but he passed on it.
“Because I’ve been getting that question quite a lot recently, which is understandable. But I had enough of answering that. I just said millions of times that of course I’m aware of the history, of course it gives me motivation. If I start to think about it too much, it burdens me mentally. I want to really go back to the basics and what really works for me mentally,” Djokovic explained.
“Again, I’m in a position that is very unique. I’m very grateful for that. I’m inspired to play my best tennis. But I know what works for me to win just the next match. So that’s the reason why I stopped Patrick. I hope he doesn’t mind. I know that a lot of people want to hear me talking about it. But let’s talk about it hopefully on Sunday.”
Djokovic earned a comeback win over Berrettini
Djokovic had to dig deep in order to make the US Open semifinal as he beat Berrettini 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3.
“I like to play best-of-five, especially against the younger guys. I think the experience of being on the big stage so many times does help. Physically I feel as fit as anybody out there. So I can go the distance. Actually I like to go the distance. The longer the match goes, I feel like I don’t have any issues. I think I have a better chance than any other opponent. So that’s all,” Djokovic claimed.
“Of course, I want to start off well and win in straight sets. Don’t get me wrong. But sometimes it happens that you go through ups and downs during the match, particularly when you play against the best players in the world in the latter stages of Grand Slams.
“I’m going to be ready to go five sets, five hours, whatever it takes. That’s why I’m here.”