Novak Djokovic: 'I would not be honest fully if...'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 11242
There are many moments and moments that led the tennis world to think that Kei Nishikori could have put an end to Novak Djokovic's race to the Grand Slam. The Serbian champion did not appear in the best shape of him and made too many gratuitous mistakes for a player of his caliber, but he still had the strength to take these thoughts and drive them away with backhands and personal encouragement.
The game started in the right direction, with an excellent bat and two break points available, but then took a different turn when the Japanese first kept the serve and then broke the Belgrade in the next game. Djokovic managed to recover the break on 3-4, not to win the set, which went to Nishikori's side with a sumptuous tie-break.
In the second set, the situation was reversed: it was Djokovic who took a small advantage and had to face numerous break points (no less than 7, ed); all canceled with courage and determination. In the third half of the game, the Serbian lost the advantage gained in the fourth game and put his opponent back on track.
In the eighth game he then optimized the final overtaking by taking advantage of Nishikori’s forehand under the net. In the fourth set, Djokovic finally launched his message and closed the match with the score of (4) 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
Djokovic has been breaking all the records in recent times
Novak Djokovic kept his Calendar Slam hopes alive with a gritty 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Kei Nishikori in the third round of the 2021 US Open on Saturday.
Djokovic is now four wins away from becoming the first man since Rod Laver to win all four Majors in a calendar year. "I would like people, particularly my peers, the fellow tennis players, both men's and women's side, to remember me as someone that first of all left his heart out on the court and has inspired maybe players to get better and to improve and to believe in themselves more," Djokovic said.
In a separate question, Novak Djokovic was asked if he had ever been surprised by any title win or by victory in any particular match. "Well, I would not be honest fully if I told you I don't think or I don't believe or I don't visualize that I can win every single Grand Slam that I play in," Djokovic said.
"I'm not surprised when I win Slams and big tournaments because that's always a goal. It's very clear image in my head and I try to do everything I can to get my hands on the Grand Slam trophy."