Novak Djokovic can write history at the 2020 US Open: win his fourth title at Flushing Meadows and get close to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, respectively at 19 and 20 Slams. A truly thrilling Major Race that will find another important stage in New York, if the American Slam is played.
In fact, there are still many doubts about the conduct of the tournament, threatened by the global pandemic of Covid-19 that is afflicting the world and that is hitting the USA hard. In New York there will be no Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka and many others, who have decided to skip the US Open and not risk a trip to the United States due to the precarious conditions of safety.
So if the tournament is played, obviously Novak Djokovic will be the favorite for the final victory, that 18th Slam that would project the Serbian even more into the tennis legend, less than two Majors from the Slam record that Roger Federer holds today.
But what could be Djokovic's problems?
Nole met a real media guillotine after the disaster of the Adria Tour and what followed. Players and staff became infected with Covid-19 due to non-existent security protocols and disregarded social distancing.
The same Djokovic, his wife Jelena and his coach Goran Ivanisevic also contracted the Coronavirus. A wave of very strong criticism of Nole ensued. And also against his parents, after the unflattering statements against Roger Federer.
In New York Djokovic will have a lot of pressure: he is used to it thanks to his mental strength, but he will have more to lose than to gain. Because even if his more formidable rivals are missing, if he were to be defeated by an outsider, then the repercussions on his season could be significant.
Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss Fed Cup captain, is not so sure Djokovic will win easily and in New York: "It could be the right opportunity for Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alexander Zverev. The US Open will be anything but a walk for Novak Djokovic.
He knows very well that he will have everything to lose and that something could go wrong. " Furthermore, the physical and psychological conditions (of all tennis players) after such a long stop will be evaluated. In short, there are unknowns, many, but, ultimately, Novak Djokovic will arrive in New York as a favorite for the title.