It doesn't matter if the starts are better or not so much, as the final stages of the Majors tournaments approach, Novak Djokovic knows that it is time to put your foot on the accelerator. And the Serbian will play this Monday the Round of 16 of a Grand Slam for the 56th time and only on five occasions did he not reach the last eight.
In fact, his mark in the fourth round of the US Open is 11-2, with the last two falls to Pablo Carreño Busta and Stan Wawrinka, in 2019 and 2020, after eleven victories in a row in that instance. That will be the size challenge that Jenson Brooksby will have, a young man of 20 years who needed an invitation to enter the main draw of the last Grand Slam of the season, it will be the first time he has faced a Top 10 rival in the FedEx ATP Rankings, and nothing but No.
1 in the world. However, the American arrives not only with the impulse to be the youngest tennis player in his country to reach the fourth round of the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2002, the home favorite will play, have the full support of the public and have a game.
capable of taking out any rival. The USTA's Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has been a special place for Brooksby, who qualified here two years ago and defeated Tomas Berdych in what ended up being the Czech player's last game.
Now the world No. 99 will have a major challenge at Flushing Meadows, after a summer in which the American's game put him in the spotlight. Now, it will be a test of sufficient level to know what it takes to reach the top of the Tour.
Djokovic on his biggest rivals
During his conversation on ESPN, Novak Djokovic revealed that it was at that point that he realized he had the potential to win the Calendar Slam. "That’s where I first felt, OK this is reachable, it's achievable.
I can even do it in one year," Novak Djokovic said. "I always believed that I have a very good chance to win every Slam on every surface because I developed over the years my game to be really an all-around game that can adapt to any game or any conditions."
Djokovic also pointed out that his biggest rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, have come close to winning the Calendar Slam. He stressed that without their dominance, he would never have become the player he is today. "And Roger and Rafa did not manage to do that, but they were very close," Djokovic said.
"Roger played finals of French Open a couple years and he won all the other Slams. Rafa as well. These two guys and their dominance on the tour have made me the player I am today, without a doubt."