'Novak Djokovic is a little nervous and...', says ATP ace
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2979
For about an hour, the entire tennis world thought that Jenson Brooksby could achieve the most unexpected feat of these US Open and eliminate world number one Novak Djokovic in the round of 16, prematurely interrupting the Serbian's dream of reaching the goal of the Grand Slam Calendar.
An hour of space tennis that kept everyone glued to the screen, an hour in which the young American played better than "Nole", enough to give him a clear 6-1 at the start. Then, however, in a match that followed a similar trend to that of the knockout stages in Paris against our Lorenzo Musetti, Djokovic raised the bar by closing the gap in 4 sets and remaining 3 victories in history, with Matteo Berrettini already interested as a spectator, qualified for the quarterfinals.
A performance of such a high level recognized by Djokovic himself, also surprised by the performance of Brooksby who, on the other hand, in the post-match explained how he felt confident and especially how he felt that the possibility of beating the world number one, to he became more and more concrete.
“I think I got off to a good start today. I came out believing it from the beginning. I came out strong and with the right strategy. It's hard to see how everything faded after the second set. All credit to him for how he has raised the bar since then" - said Brooksby.
Mischa Zverev reflects on Novak Djokovic
The US Open quarter-final clash between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini will be a very open contest, according to former star Alex Corretja. “I think he [Berrettini] is a better player on hard courts because he has more time and the ball bounces higher so it suits his game a little bit better,” Corretja told Eurosport.
“I think his forehand is more dangerous and he can move better. Novak and Berrettini are playing well but I don’t think they are at the same level as Wimbledon so I see a very open match, even if I believe that Novak will raise his level more from the last rounds”.
Mischa Zverev said the fact Djokovic hasn’t quite found his rhythm at the US Open so far is understandable given the immense pressure he is under. “When was the last time someone was in the same position as Novak where he has won three Slams and is going into the US Open trying to complete the Grand Slam, so he is a little nervous and focused on the target,” said Zverev.
“I am sure he’s not playing as freely as normal which is why his performance maybe isn’t there yet but it will need to be against Berrettini. It will be a very interesting match”.