Novak Djokovic: 'I can win every single Grand Slam that I...'

Djokovic was pushed to the limits for a set and a half by Kei Nishikori

by Simone Brugnoli
Novak Djokovic: 'I can win every single Grand Slam that I...'

World number one Novak Djokovic recorded another victory at the 2021 US Open yesterday. Facing former World No. 5 Kei Nishikori, the Serbian legend defeated him in four sets even after losing the first set in a close tiebreaker.

The final score of the match was 6 (4) -7 (7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. After the game, Novak Djokovic made a very nice gesture. He did not leave Arthur Ashe Stadium after the game, but took some caps out of his bag and gave them to one of his young supporters.

Surprisingly, he even gave a couple of caps to the other fans. It's a great moment for his fans. Although taking autographs and photographs is not allowed at the 2021 US Open as part of the coronavirus protocols, Nole made sure not to leave his fans unhappy.

After adding to the previous quarters of the 2021 US Open, Djokovic will face American Jenson Brooksby there. Once again, it will be difficult for Djoker, as he will not only play against Brooksby alone, but against the entire crowd as well.

It will be the first meeting between both players. So it will be intriguing to see the 20 Grand Slam winner return the American's high services.

Novak Djokovic remains at the heart of headlines

During his post-match press conference, Novak Djokovic was asked how he wishes to be perceived by people outside of his tennis achievements.

And the Serb, who has seldom enjoyed as much love and adulation as Federer or Nadal, lauded the reporter for the question. "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." Djokovic believes Nishikori gave him the "toughest match" of the 2021 US Open so far.

He pointed out that the Japanese played more aggressively than either Holger Rune or Tallon Griekspoor. "It was a tough battle," Djokovic said. "So far the toughest match of the tournament for me. The opening two rounds obviously felt well, played good.

But the pace of the ball and the speed of Nishikori's tennis today was just higher than the opening two rounds' opponents that I had."

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