Novak Djokovic will want to put his "private issues" and worries over his wrist behind him when he begins the defence of his US Open title with a first round match against Jerzy Janowicz on Monday.
After starting 2016 on a tear, when he won the Australian Open and French Open, the latter of which allowed him to complete a career Grand Slam, Djokovic has tailed off a fair bit, losing in the third round of Wimbledon, before getting knocked out in the opening round of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The world number one blamed personal problems for his Wimbledon loss, while a wrist injury was the cause, according to the Serbian, of his first round defeat to eventual silver medallist Juan Martin Del Potro in the opening round in Rio. Djokovic is still bothered by that wrist injury, and just how much will be known on Monday when he plays the dangerous Janowicz, who, himself, is coming off an injury layoff.
"I am doing everything in my power to make sure that I am as close to 100% as possible during the course of the tournament or at least at the beginning," Djokovic said. "I have gotten better and am hoping on Monday that I will be able to hit my backhand."
He will need all of his weapons to be at its best, because Janowicz, the semifinalist at Wimbledon three years ago, has the ability to beat any player in the world. With doubts over his fitness, though, Djokovic will hope he has enough in his armoury to seal a place in the next round.
"Confidence level is high, I guess," Djokovic insisted. "I don't feel that it has shaken me too much. I just hope to be healthy and enable to play the way I wish to play."
If he does that, Djokovic, Janowicz in form or not, should not have too many problems. Worries, though, will remain, because the Serbian has been handed a difficult draw. Maybe that is a good thing, because it will keep Djokovic on his toes right from the off, as he tries to add a 13th Grand Slam title to his name.
Where to Watch Live
Novak Djokovic vs Jerzy Janowicz is the first match of the night session on Day 1. The session is set to begin at 7 p.m. local time (4.30 a.m. IST next day). Live Streaming and TV information is below.
India: TV: Ten 1 and Ten 1 HD. Live Streaming: Tensports live.
US: TV: ESPN2. Live Streaming: Watch ESPN.
Canada: TV: TSN. Live Streaming: TSN TV.
Middle East: Bein Sports Arabia. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
China: TV: CCTV.
Japan: TV: Wowow TV.
Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
New Zealand: TV: Sky Sport. Live Streaming: Sky Go NZ.
Europe: TV: EuroSport. Live Streaming: EuroSport Player.
International: Live Streaming: US Open website.