There are just a few hours left for the US Open 2021 draw, the last Grand Slam of the year. Despite absent illustrious members of the caliber of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, this Grand Slam is considered very important for what could be the history of tennis.
World number one Novak Djokovic has a big chance of becoming the first player of the Open era (the last to do so was Rod Laver) to win the Grand Slam, the four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year. This and much more for Nole who with the success at Flushing Meadows could overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and become the first player to reach 21 Slam.
His main rival is the number 2 seeded Daniil Medvedev but also pay attention to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the German Zverev, the latter returning from a good moment with the Olympic gold and the victory in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati.
In addition to the big names, there is interest in the Italians. Our number one Matteo Berrettini is the number 6 seeded of the tournament, he is fresh from the final at Wimbledon and also in New York, where he did well in the past, the Roman tennis player wants to impose himself with a great result.
For the first time Jannik Sinner is in the top 15 seeded of the tournament, is the number 13 and there are many who cherish the hope that this could be the tournament of the definitive consecration for him. Overall, there are four top-seeded Italians, also pay attention to Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini who, with the best possible intentions, want to do well in the States.
Croft talks about Novak Djokovic
Former British tennis player Annabel Croft recently gave her thoughts on the lack of support Novak Djokovic gets from crowds during many of his matches. According to Croft, it is "painful to watch" the Serb having to battle hostile crowds every time he steps out on the court.
"It has been painful to watch at times and I remember being at the US Open in 2015 when Novak was playing Federer and the entire crowd seemed to be against him," Croft told Tennis365. "There was silence when he hit a winner and cheers when he missed and the courage he showed to win that match was remarkable.
I was court-side and couldn’t believe that there were 20,000 people baying for his blood and hoping he would lose. It is cruel in many ways," she added. Croft went on to praise Djokovic for his ability to deal with hostile crowds.
"This was like watching a gladiator out there getting torn to shreds by the crowd. It sends shivers down my spine recalling what it felt like and he didn’t flinch. He was so well prepared emotionally to deal with that, it was so impressive," she said.