Evaluating Priorities Ahead of a Tournament

The sport means the world to tennis superstars but there is a slight shift towards family as well with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer becoming icons for family men.

updated: August 24, 2014 16:24 IST
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Tennis player Novak Djokovic, right, greets children at U.S. Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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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)

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