Nole is through to the second round of the US Open after only 44 minutes spent on Arthur Ashe Stadium where he last played on in 2010’s final when he fell in four sets to Rafael Nadal and lifted his second USO runner-up trophy.
ATP Champions Tour stars John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander have all backed Novak to win the US Open.
Nole is confident he will not be affected by a shoulder injury as he bids to capture a third grand slam of 2011 at the US Open.
As the world no.1, Novak is top-seeded at the US Open for the first time, followed by the defending champion Rafael Nadal and five-time winner Roger Federer.
In another blockbuster duel, the top seed and last year’s runner-up Novak Djokovic will take on a five-time US Open champion Roger Federer in the final four of the last Major tournament in 2011.