In the first round of the US Open 2021 men's singles, Novak Djokovic beat Holger Rune after 4 sets, with the final score of 6-1 6-7 6-2 6-1. Basically the Serb world no.1 dominated the challenge, apart from a missed pass in the third set, won at the tie break by his opponent.
As we all know, Djokovic is in New York to rewrite the history of modern tennis: should he win the title on the Flushing Meadows hard-courts, he would become the first player since Rod Laver and Don Budge to complete the Grand Slam.
Not only that: triumphing at the US Open, the Serb would also become the most successful tennis player in the history of the Slams, with 21 titles, leaving behind (for the moment) Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, stuck at 20 Majors.
But being the GOAT doesn't necessarily mean being the most loved tennis player. The feeling that Nole has with and crazy, who have often preferred Federer and Nada, is always very fluctuating and complicated. And in New York things have not changed, for example, compared to the Wimbledon final, when the crowd constantly praised Matteo Berrettini.
It almost seems like a style to be necessarily being against Djokovic for some crowds: as if it were a favor done to Roger and Rafa. Always cheer against the enemy. But Nole cannot be the enemy. Djokovic is the greatest tennis player of all time.
He may not have the grace of Federer and the brutal power of Nadal, but he is breaking all their records.
Even at the US Open the crowd is against Novak Djokovic
In the match they won against Holger, the New York crowd cheered the overwhelming majority for the young Danish tennis player, always shouting: Rune, Rune.
Nole himself was a little disappointed by the attitude of the crowd, saying after the match: "Sure it would be nice to have the audience on your side, especially in the biggest stadium in the world, but it's not always possible.
There really isn't much. more to say. I try to concentrate mainly on myself." In the last two sets, Holger had a physical problem, and Nole, as a great champion he is, still consoled his opponent: "Unfortunately there is not much to say about the last two sets he was barely able to move.
a really difficult situation when cramps come and you can't get treated and you have to keep playing. As far as I'm concerned, I had a huge drop in my serve in the second set, the first one didn't fit anymore. These things happen in match d debut: he's always a little nervous, there's a bit of rust to take off.
But credit to him, he played well, he had the support of the crowd, and it was certainly a very useful experience. " Meanwhile crowd or no crowd, Novak Djokovic took another useful step towards the US Open final, probably the most important moment in his sporting life.