WORLD No1 Novak Djokovic insists Britain’s Andy Murray is capable of preventing him from claiming his third grand slam title of the year at the US Open.
The British star begins his campaign today against India’s Somdev Devaarman having become only the second man to beat Djokovic this season in the final of the Cincinnati Masters two weeks ago.
On that occasion Murray (below), who was destroyed by the Serbian in the final of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, benefited from a shoulder injury which forced the all conquering world No1 to retire hurt.
Djokovic, who reported fit for duty in New York, believes Murray is close to breaking his grand slam duck.
“We are all fully aware of his potential and we are all fully aware that he has great talent.
“There are some things that he just needs to get together mentally. He has proven that he can win against anybody on any surface.”
Roger Federer, a five-time winner at Flushing Meadows, was a first round winner on Monday night and still believes he possesses the game to compete with the elite despite a difficult year.
He said: I have always looked in the long term.
“I have never been chasing stuff around since I turned world No1 seven years ago. I’m confident I can still play for many more years to come at the highest of levels.”