“I know how big of an opportunity is in front of me here in New York where historically I've played really well over the years,” maintained the top seed, aware of the mounting pressure ahead of opening his title charge against world No.145 qualifier Holger Rune.
“I have to hit one ball at a time, try to be in the moment, have a guiding star in a way, a dream to win a slam here which would obviously complete the calendar slam.
“I'm hugely inspired and motivated by that, no doubt. But at the same time I know how to balance things out mentally, with lots of expectations obviously around. My participation here, without Rafa (Nadal) and Roger (Federer) participating, I feel it.”
Can Djokovic stay in the “present moment”? As the Serbian states, he’s been in this situation numerous times before, but the stakes have never been so high.