'I hope Novak Djokovic can do it', says former ATP star



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'I hope Novak Djokovic can do it', says former ATP star

Novak Djokovic plays a lot in this edition of the US Open, having the opportunity to achieve an epic feat. The number 1 in the world is hunting for his fourth seal in the Big Apple, which would also be the most special, as it would allow him to complete the Grand Slam and put his 21st Major on the board (bypassing Roger Federer for the first time and Rafael Nadal).

The Serbian phenomenon made his debut at Arthur Ashe Stadium last night against Holger Rune, who delivered a strong performance despite his inexperience on these stages. The 34-year-old from Belgrade won in four sets, paying for a slight pass in the second half.

Nole had to shake off a bit of rust, as the 20-time Grand Slam champion hadn't set foot on the pitch after his disappointment at the Tokyo Olympics. During a recent interview with 'Sky Sports', former tennis player Marcos Baghdatis expressed his opinion on Djokovic’s extraordinary 2021.

The latter has the chance to repeat Rod Laver's heroic ride in 1969.

Baghdatis opens up on Novak Djokovic

"I hope Novak Djokovic can do it, for him," Marcos Baghdatis said. "He is having an incredible season and I think he's just doing incredible."

Baghdatis went on to lavish rich praise on the World No. 1, calling him the "best" in all key facets of the game. "How can he just change gears whenever he wants to? I think mentally, physically, and tennis-wise, he is the best out there," he added.

Novak Djokovic began his 2021 US Open campaign with a win over Danish teenager Holger Rune in the first round on Tuesday. Djokovic won 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1 before a distinctly partisan crowd who were constantly throwing their weight behind Rune.

"I didn't know what they were chanting honestly," the World No. 1 said. "I thought they were booing. I don't know, yeah, it was not ideal atmosphere for me to tell you that. But I've been in these particular atmospheres before, so I knew how to handle it."

Nole revealed that he had a chat with Rune after the match and noted that the teenager was "really sad" "I did struggle with injuries and retirements early in my career," Novak Djokovic said. "That's why I can relate to Holger, what he's going through.

We just had a little chat in the locker room. It's an emotional moment for him. It's not easy to see that. He's really sad. I understand that. I've been through that."