'I thought Novak Djokovic was going to feel some pressure but...', says ATP ace



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'I thought Novak Djokovic was going to feel some pressure but...', says ATP ace

The numbers Novak Djokovic is reaching world number one in 2021 are incredible and ensure that all fans of the Serbian champion and tennis enthusiasts can remember this year as magical. At the age of 34, "Nole" is on the run and right now he is the big favorite for the Golden Slam: he has already won 3 of the 4 Slam titles and is currently competing in Tokyo.

Winning in Japan and winning in New York Nole would reach the goal of the Golden Slam. It must be said that the Grand Slam has not been seen since Rod Laver on the men's circuit and Novak would be the first in the Open Era.

These, but not only since Djokovic this year is accumulating an incredible series of successes and extraordinary records. In addition to the Golden Slam and Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic has reached 20 Slam titles against great rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, even before the most optimistic forecasts, and at Flushing Meadows he has a great opportunity to surpass them.

Djokovic has surpassed Federer when it comes to the record for total weeks at the top of the ATP rankings and is improving this record week after week. With the semi-final victory in Paris against clay king Rafael Nadal, the Serbian champion has shown that he is now at the top on all three surfaces and there are very few tennis players who can at least think they can beat him.

Davidovich Fokina on Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic produced a clinical display to defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 6-1 in the third round of the Olympics on Wednesday. Djokovic faced only two break points, both of which came in the first set and were quickly snuffed out by the Serb.

"I tried to give it my all, I had break options at the beginning, but he was much superior," Alejandro Davidovich Fokina said. "He is playing at a very high level, enormously consistent and he looks very motivated to win here and then in New York.

I thought he was going to feel some pressure for the Golden Slam, but he's very calm." Meanwhile, Donna Vekic heaped praise on Novak Djokovic for his role in ensuring the schedule for tennis matches at the Olympics was changed.

Tennis matches in Tokyo were, until Wednesday, scheduled to begin at 11 am local time. However, the sweltering conditions in the Japanese city at that time of the day made things extremely difficult for several players.