Novak Djokovic can make history in the next 15 days at the US Open, where the title would give him a record 21 majors and the Grand Slam, having already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year. However, the No.
1 in the world that the pressure of opportunity affects him. “Obviously, I know what a great opportunity I have here in New York, where historically I have played very well over the years. It is probably the most entertaining tennis court we have.
The fans will come back, ”said Djokovic. "I can not wait. Honestly, I am very motivated to play my best tennis. “I am very inspired and motivated by that, without a doubt. But at the same time, I know how to balance things mentally, with a lot of expectations around.
I know there are a lot of people who are going to be watching my matches and hoping that I do well and fight for a Slam ”. Djokovic added that even without 20-time Grand Slam winners Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer competing at Flushing Meadows, there will be plenty of tough opponents.
Daniil Medvedev won in Toronto, Alexander Zverev reigned at the Tokyo and Cincinnati Olympics, and Stefanos Tsitsipas is second in the FedEx ATP Race A Turin. “There are tennis players of tremendous quality who are on a good roll right now, like Zverev, Medvedev [and] Tsitsipas.
Those are the top three favorites that I see from the title. But a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam."
Djokovic has been on the Tour for a considerable duration
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. 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. According to Croft, McEnroe eventually got the respect he deserved despite being the "baddie of the sport."
Croft feels that could be the case with Djokovic as well. "Having grown up in the [John] McEnroe era and he was so unpopular in the 1980s. He was vilified as the real baddie of the sport," she said. "He dominated the headlines for being brattish and someone said to me at the time that in due course, he will get the love and I think that can also happen with Djokovic."