World number one Novak Djokovic states even he is amazed at how well he is playing.
“I am human, I can definitely assure you of that,” Djokovic, 24, joked. “I’ve been playing incredible tennis this year.
“I’m aware of the fantastic year that I’ve had and a great streak but I’m not thinking ‘how many matches will I lose?’ I’m thinking ‘how many matches will I win?”
Over the weekend the Serbian became the first-ever player to claim five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in the same season. He would beat American Mardy Fish 6-2 3-6 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
The victory makes Djokovic the first player since Pete Sampras in 1993 to capture an ATP tournament in his debut as number one. He admits he is a strong favourite to win his first US Open title next month.
“I will be probably one of the favourites,” said Djokovic. “This is nothing different from what I have experienced in Grand Slams in last couple of years. Being one of the top players, you always have these expectations.
“My approach will not be different, that’s for sure, for this Grand Slam. I will try to win every match I play, not change any routine that I have.
“There is plenty of motivation and desire to continue on and play well and win matches and win tournaments.”
Djokovic has a 53-1 record in 2011, his only defeat coming against Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals. He has Masters victories to his name at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Rome in addition to the Australian Open and Wimbledon crowns this year.
Djokovic went into the Rogers Cup final as the strong favourite and won the first set in 38 minutes, breaking Fish in both of his final service games. But the American responded and broke to take a 3-2 lead in the second, before holding serve thereafter.
In the third, though, Djokovic broke to love for a 3-2 lead before producing a faultless game. Fish states that poise is what makes the Serbian so tough.
“Every knock he’s answered 10-fold this year,” said Fish. “It’s been incredibly impressive. To win Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back is incredible.
“Then the two clay-court events, I mean, no one thought that that could be possible. He did it with straight sets both times. Pretty incredible.”