Serbian Novak Djokovic did not ruffle his hair to enter the third round of the 2021 US Open, where he was only five steps away from the feat. The ATP leader beat the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in straight sets with 6-2, 6-3 and 6-2.
And it is that "Nole" put the accelerator from the beginning and did not lower it throughout the entire contest, unlike his first commitment of the week against Holger Rune, whom he allowed to win an episode. This time there were no opportunities.
The Serbian is very good with players with a powerful serve and that was the case with Griekspoor, who barely registered five ‘aces’. Instead, Djokovic finished with 13 direct aces, 80% effective with the first service, and broke his opponent's serve in 6 of the 10 opportunities he generated.
Now the Serbian did not even give the public a chance to turn against him, dominating the game from start to finish. Novak has played the United States Open 16 times and in all of them he has made at least the third instance, and he has done so in 61 of the 66 Grand Slams that he has played.
In the current season he has accumulated 23 games in events of this category and in all of them he was successful. In the next round he will face an old acquaintance such as the Japanese Kei Nishikori, whom he surpasses in the history with 17 wins in the 19 times he has seen himself on the circuit.
Djokovic was posed quite a few interesting questions
Novak Djokovic was posed quite a few interesting questions during his post-match press conference. Given that his and Naomi Osaka's faces are visible on numerous posters around New York, a reporter asked Djokovic if that made him feel like the "main character" of the tournament.
"Well, that's not going to affect my game," Novak Djokovic said. "But of course, it's a privilege and of course it's flattering to see my photos, most of the posters of the promotion of the tournament around the city."
Djokovic then expressed his desire to help make tennis a more popular sport in New York with the help of fellow icons like Naomi Osaka. "Of course, as a tennis fan, as well, I'd like to see as many people as possible," he added.
"If I and Naomi manage, along with other players, to attract more people to the US Open, to the stands, great. If not, not great." The 20-time Major champion then acknowledged that it is difficult to pick any one of the three because of their immensely different career paths and successes on different surfaces.
"It's difficult to say who is better," Djokovic said. "Three of us, we're all so different. We have different styles. We have different trajectories or journeys to where we are at this moment. We all had tremendous success, some more particularly on one surface, some the other surface."