The journey towards Novak Djokovic's story has begun. The Serbian champion has won the first of seven races that could lead him to the Grand Slam, a record that in tennis was made only once in the distant 1929 by Rod Laver.
In addition to this Nole could rise to 21 Slam and although he is not 100% number one in the world he had a good debut against the talented 18 year old Holger Rune, beaten with the result of 6-1; 6-7 (5); 6-2; 6-1. At the press conference at the end of the match, the Serbian made the following statements: "It is difficult to comment on the third and fourth set because Rune barely moved (he was injured) but for my part I started with an excellent first set, in the second set on 4 -3 for me I lowered the percentages on the first serve and we must give him the opportunity that he believed in it and at a certain point he forced under the pressure of the public.
At the beginning I was a bit rusty and a bit nervous but I'm satisfied with how the match went even if he wasn't very fair given his cramps." Speaking like this, the Serbian continued: "Arthur Ashe is the largest stadium in the world, it's loud and a lot of fun to play.
You would always like to have cheering on your side, but that's not always possible. The important thing is that I remain calm at all times. At one point I thought they were whistling and it wasn't ideal but I knew how to handle these situations.
At the end of the race I talked to Rune and it was exciting for him, I understand that his continuing physical problems are a sad situation and I'm sorry. I thought he would retire but he has moved on with dignity, he deserves my respect and I'm sure he will be fine in the future."
Wilander talks about Novak Djokovic
With the US Open having started on Monday, all eyes are fixed on World No.
1 Novak Djokovic. Wilander, a former World No. 1 and winner of seven Majors, believes the Serb is the favorite to win the US Open this year. However, the Swede also claimed that Djokovic might find it difficult to keep winning Slams once he has broken the record.
"The chance to win a calendar Grand Slam will make him even more determined, if that is possible," Wilander said. "I would not be surprised if he wins the US Open and then never wins another Grand Slam. The 21-thing is a heavy burden, and the Calendar Grand Slam is a pleasure trip for him, the chance to do something that he thought he’d never have the opportunity to do," Wilander added.
"The chance to do this is why I make him the favorite to win the US Open. I think, interestingly for Novak, clay and grass are going to be the two easiest surfaces for him whereas hardcourts are everyone’s favorite surface," Wilander said.
"There are very few players who know how to play on clay and there are very few players who know how to play on grass. I think Novak will win one more Grand Slam, for sure - I’m just not sure when."