US Open 2013: Novak Djokovic insists his best is yet to come

US Open 2013: Novak Djokovic prefers to look to the future following his four-set defeat by Rafael Nadal in Monday night's final

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Novak Djokovic lost to Rafael Nadal in Monday's US Open final Photo: Marianne Bevis

Novak Djokovic insists that the best is yet to come from him following his defeat by Rafael Nadal in the US Open final on Monday.

The world No1 went down 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 as a ruthless Nadal powered to victory to secure his second Flushing Meadows crown and 13th career Grand Slam title.

Djokovic reached the finals of three of the four Majors this year but only emerged victorious at the Australian Open back in January.

However, the 26-year-old was in philosophical mood following his loss to the Spaniard in New York, and is certain that he is yet to produce his best form.

“It’s part of my life,” said Djokovic after the loss. “Many times you fall as an athlete and you have to learn the lesson and keep on going, keep on fighting, keep on improving. That’s what we are here for.

“I’m still 26, and I believe best time for my career is about to come – I feel that, I believe that. As long as I believe it, the fire of the love towards the game is inside of me. And as long as that’s present, as long as I feel it, I’m going to play this sport with all my heart, as I did in last 10 years.”

Djokovic put Monday’s loss down to a number of mistakes at key moments, but was quick to congratulate Nadal, who claimed his second Major of the season following his French Open win.

“I made some unforced errors in the crucial moments with forehands and dropped the serve twice when I should not have,” he continued. “Next thing you know, all of a sudden it’s two sets to one for him.

“Then he started playing much, much better after that, and I obviously could not recover after that loss.

“It was obvious that in the important moments he played better tennis, and that’s why he deserved to win. I congratulate him, and I move on.”

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