'Novak Djokovic has everything to keep on playing for...', says former star
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 3018
A great day of tennis is coming on day 4 of the US Open 2021. In the second batch of the second round in the fourth and last Grand Slam of the season, the great match between Serbian Novak Djokovic and Dutch Tallon Griekspoor stands out.
The 34-year-old Serbian, current world number one, will face Griekspoor for the first time in his career, who comes from leaving out the German Jan-Lennard Struff. The other big favorite to see action will be Teuton Alexander Zverev, fourth in the seed, who will be challenged by Spaniard Albert Ramos-Viñolas.
It will be a great day for American tennis players, where 10 of them will seek their pass to the third round of the event. Reilly Opelka (22) will face Italian Lorenzo Musetti; Ernesto Escobedo will play South African Lloyd Harris; Steve Johnson will challenge Frenchman Gael Monfils (17); Jack Sock will face Kazakh Alexander Bublik (31); Mackenzie McDonald will do the same with the Japanese Kei Nishikori.
The Americans Taylor Fritz and Jenson Brooksby will compete for a ticket for the next instance, while Denis Kudla will face the German Oscar Otte; Lastly, wildcard Zachary Svajda will have the tough commitment to face Italian Jannik Sinner (13).
The Italian Matteo Berrettini (6), the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (10), the Russian Aslán Karatsev (21) and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (7) will be other favorites that will see action today on the slopes of the complex of New York.
In turn, in the women's branch, the world's number one Ashleigh Barty (1) will face the Danish Clara Tauson, while other favorites such as Petra Kvitova (10), Karolina Pliskova (4) and Bianca Andreescu (6) will also jump to track.
Djokovic began his quest for a 21st Slam
In a recent interview to SkySports.com, Former World No.8 Marcos Baghdatis claimed that Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player- both mentally and physically. Even though he mentioned that Djoker is really strong mentally, he also highlighted that he sometimes loses his calm on the court.
“How can he just change gears whenever he wants to? I think mentally, physically, and tennis-wise, he is the best out there. With that said, the mental part of his game can be so strong, but at the same time it can ruin him… It’s the mental side where he can sometimes have these bursts, but for me, it’s really understandable,” said Baghdatis in the interview.
Baghdatis lauded Nole for his fitness as well. He stated that keeping his mind his physique, the 20-time Grand Slam champion can easily play for the next five years. “I think it happens because he works so hard. He does everything off the court so well, from his nutrition to his fitness.
The guy has everything to keep on playing for the next five years,” added the former Croatian player.