'The ones who I feel are closest to Novak Djokovic's level are...', says top analyst



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'The ones who I feel are closest to Novak Djokovic's level are...', says top analyst

There is now just over a week left for the start of the US Open, the fourth Grand Slam of the year and one of the last major events of this season. In just over three weeks, all tennis fans will know if Novak Djokovic has succeeded in winning the Grand Slam.

In case of victory in Flushing Meadows the Serbian champion will in fact become the first player of the Open era to win all four Grand Slams in the same year and the first since Rod Laver; in addition to this Nole would detach Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the fight at the Grand Slams and could thus take another small step forward in the now historic fight that leads to the GOAT.

It will be a particular event and in the last few days it has brought several criticisms: if on the one hand the US Open will take place with the public, the choice of making the qualifiers for the tournament behind closed doors was not appreciated, a choice that made quite more ' noise 'than expected.

At the moment no announcement has been made after these controversies but it must be said that in any case it will still be a step forward compared to last year when Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem triumphed and conquered the US Open without being able to celebrate with the presence of the public.

Hantuchova speaks about Novak Djokovic

Daniela Hantuchova believes Novak Djokovic is still a step or two ahead of his rivals, as she backed the world No.1 to complete the calendar Grand Slam at the US Open. Speaking to Tennis365 at an Amazon Prime event, the former world No.7 picked out the two main contenders to Djokovic at the US Open and suggested he will thrive on the pressure that will inevitably be on him.

“The ones who I feel are closest to his level are Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, with Sascha (Alexander Zverev) not far behind when he is playing at his best. Over five sets, I feel Daniil is the one who has the best chance against Novak.

He is in good form. He won in Canada, he is high on confidence and he will believe he can beat Djokovic. “With Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) not playing right now, it feels like the change is coming in tennis and I’m sure the Next Gen guys will be looking to see which one will be the first to get the breakthrough and now we have more guys behind them who are coming through and might be even more exciting”.