Despite his status as the top seed and the hot favorite with oddsmakers to win the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic arrives in New York considerably undercooked.
After winning Wimbledon and reclaiming the No. 1 ranking in July, Djokovic married his longtime girlfriend, Jelena Ristic, in a seaside ceremony in Montenegro. In addition to the preoccupation and emotion such an occasion typically entails, the two are expecting the birth of their first child. Far from sharp, Djokovic went down in straight-set losses in the second matches of two hardcourt tuneup events in August, to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Toronto and to Tommy Robredo in Cincinnati. (Also read: Novak Djokovic says he is a family man now)
Asked Saturday afternoon at the tournament's Media Day about the effect of impending fatherhood on his tennis, Djokovic admitted there had been a shift in his focus. (Related: Murray confident of a strong show in US Open)