Defending champion Novak Djokovic believes that he needs to be more positive and aggressive in his play to retain his title at the US Open.
Djokovic, 11/8 with bookmaker to win again at Flushing Meadows, opened his campaign with a 6-1 6-0 6-1 thrashing of Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi, before hinting that he will look to serve and volley more often than he has done recently.
He told reporters: “I feel my net game isn’t that bad and I should use the opportunity. I have many times a chance to come to the net and finish off the point earlier.
“I think that having that variety of coming to the net, chip and charging sometimes, serving and volleying – it’s important in today’s tennis.”
Next up for Djokovic is a second round clash with Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva, who won a five-set marathon against Teymuraz Gabashvili in round one.