'First Novak Djokovic takes your legs, then he takes your soul', says former No.1

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'First Novak Djokovic takes your legs, then he takes your soul', says former No.1

The evening sessions at Arthur Ashe Stadium are arguably the most thrilling in the world. The battle between Novak Djokovic and Jenson Brooksby, who was giving away a place in the quarterfinals of the US Open, did not disappoint thanks to the courage of the young American.

The host was above the number 1 ATP for a set and a half, physiologically dropping the distance and giving up in four halves. For the Serbian champion an important test passed in view of the decisive rounds, when the pressure will be sky high.

In fact, we recall that the 34-year-old from Belgrade is trying to achieve the 'Calendar Grand Slam', having won the first three Majors of the season. Nole will now face Matteo Berrettini, already beaten this year at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not yet shown his best tennis, having left three sets on the road up to this point in the tournament. 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick has always been a huge fan of Djokovic. In his view, the match with Brooksby was never in question despite Novak's initial difficulties.

Andy Roddick opens up on Novak Djokovic

The 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick is currently a Tennis Channel expert and one of the advocates of Novak Djokovic. Although he did appreciate Brooksby’s tennis, he knew what was about to unleash after the opening set.

“I promise you one thing. As we get into this, Novak will make this the most painful physical experience this kid has ever seen. Hour and a half in, and some serious body blows thrown. We know Novak can handle it,” Roddick tweeted.

“First he takes your legs, then he takes your soul,” Roddick tweeted later. Afterwards, he praised how the 34-year-old has transformed his physicality over the years. “An hour ago. We’ve seen this before, Novak’s fitness used to be a weakness.

One of the best examples in sports history of turning a negative into a positive. He’s a beast,” the American wrote. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was made to work hard at the 2021 US Open on Monday as he battled past American wildcard Jenson Brooksby in four sets.

With his win, the Serb has advanced to the quarterfinals in New York for the 12th time in his career. Perhaps more significantly though, Novak Djokovic has now reached at least 12 quarterfinals at all of the four Grand Slams. That makes him only the second male player in the Open Era, after Roger Federer, to reach that number.