Certain sectors of the fans do not forgive Novak Djokovic for some of the attitudes he has had throughout his career, so his multiple successes on the track do not have the same weight in public perception. In the press conference after his victory over the Japanese Kei Nishikori, corresponding to the third round of the US Open, they asked the Serbian a question that made him think.
What does Djokovic want people to notice beyond the records? "That's a great question, but I don't think we are going to have enough time. I like to get philosophical about these kinds of questions. I would like people, especially my teammates, to remember me as someone who, in the first place, left everything on the court and perhaps has inspired other players to improve, to believe in themselves.
I am someone passionate about children and early childhood education. My foundation has focused on it for the past 15 years. That's something I'd also like to be reminded of, of course. I also believe that I am someone who tries to live according to the true values of life: respect and be grateful, appreciate the moment, appreciate the fact that I am dedicated to the sport that I really love and in which I am successful."
Brooksby can give Novak Djokovic a tough time
USA's Reilly Opelka believes his compatriot Jenson Brooksby can give Novak Djokovic a tough time in the fourth round of the 2021 US Open on Monday. "I mean, I think it's just one week," Reilly Opelka said.
"I don't know. I think Brooksby is going to be a big second-week guy. Nakashima. I think Korda. I think the young guys are better than us, if I'm being honest. I think Korda is a hell of a player. Brooksby is brutal."
The big-serving American also lavished praise on countryman Brandon Nakashima, marking him out as one of the future stars of American tennis. "I'm curious to see his match with Djokovic," Reilly Opelka said. "I think he can give Djokovic a lot of fits because he's just tricky.
Nakashima is as pure of a ball-striker as there is. I think the young guys are going to be the guys to beat from the American standpoint." Reilly Opelka, however, believes it was a ridiculous move by the US Open to fine him such a hefty amount. "I mean, what a joke on the US Open to do that. 10K for a pink bag? C'mon," Opelka said.