Novak Djokovic aims to become the second player in the Open Era to complete the Grand Slam. The only one who succeeded was Rod Laver back in 1969, when most of those who follow tennis were not even born. The number 1 in the world won the first three Grand Slams of 2021 with full merit, having beaten as many members of the Next Gen in the finals.
Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros (despite the Greek was ahead two sets to zero) and finally Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon paid the price. In the event of a triumph in New York, Nole would put his 21st Major on the bulletin board, bypassing his eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the first time.
The Serbian champion was drawn into the segment of the board of Alexander Zverev, who could be his opponent in the semifinals. In a long conversation on the 'Tennis365' portal, former British tennis player Annabel Croft (turned brilliant journalist) revealed that Djokovic is the most fascinating player to interview.
Croft talks about Novak Djokovic
"All three are incredible individuals, but when I interview Novak Djokovic, I find him so interesting," Annabel Croft said. "He is so intellectual, his command of the English language is so impressive and he has a thirst for information.
He goes the extra mile to find out information about his heart, his lungs, his food intake, his sleep patters…. he is the ultimate professional athlete. I can’t say enough about him and it saddens me that he does not get the support he deserves," Croft added.
Croft concluded by saying she hopes Djokovic gets the credit he deserves once he retires. "Nobody is going to abandon their love of Federer and Nadal, but maybe when they hang up their rackets, people will appreciate what he (Djokovic) has done in the sport," she said.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic has got a pretty tough path at the US Open 2021. Although he will be facing a qualifier in the very first round of the US Open 2021, many in-form next-gen players including Matteo Berrettini, Alexander Zverev, and Hubert Hurkacz are at his side of the draw.
Djokovic can meet Kei Nishikori or Gael Monfils in the third round of the Grand Slam. If he manages to get past this round, Alex de Minaur or Aslan Karatsev will be waiting for him in the next round. Interestingly, Karatsev is one of the players who have beaten the Serbian legend this year.
If Nole advaces to the quarters, he is likely to encounter Matteo Berrettini or Hubert Hurkacz. If he successfully passes this challenge, he can face Alexander Zverev or Denis Shapovalov in the semis before possibly encountering Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals.