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Top seeds speak at media day ahead of upcoming U.S. Open

posted 26 Aug 2012, 05:27 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 26 Aug 2012, 05:28 ]

Top men's seeds, including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray speak before upcoming U.S. Open.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is once again ready to battle world number one Roger Federer as they gear up for the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday.
The world number two, who lost the top spot and his Wimbledon title when he was beaten by Federer in the semi-finals last month, has won the last three hard-court grand slam events.

The 25-year-old bounced back from missing out on an Olympic medal with his recent wins but is wary of the competition waiting for him in New York.

"There are 128 players here who have plenty of motivation to perform their best in the Grand Slam, the last major of the year, so I'm sure that they want to cause some upsets in the opening round ," Djokovic told reporters at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.

Jelena Gancic, Djokovic's first coach as a child, has been quoted as saying the 25-year-old was dealing with a few off-court issues but Djokovic appears ready to defend his title.

"I'm just trying to focus on my game, which is the most important thing,"

Twelve months ago, Federer went into the U.S. Open with doubts, perhaps for the first time in his career.

A year on and the Swiss is back on top of the world rankings, the Wimbledon champion and chomping at the bit for a sixth title at Flushing Meadows.

"It's been a great last 12 months, I was able to stay injury free, I always did believe that if things turned for the better for me I was always going to be very near to world number one," Federer told reporters on Saturday.

The Swiss also believes that his family life may have contributed to his turnaround.

"Having twin daughters and traveling and trying to manage the situation with my wife and the kids and just seeing what's best, it was a hard process, not that we're through it, but it's definitely getting a little bit easier now that they're three and not newborns."

His victory over Andy Murray at Wimbledon last month gave him a record 17th grand slam title.

Murray gained a measure of revenge by beating Federer to win the Olympic title and once again heads into a major as one of the favorites.

"You never know what's going to happen when you get out there on the court, I prepared well, I trained hard the last five, six days, so I'm ready to go," Murray said.