Enviable physical condition and a champion's mental strength, especially in long games at the best of 5 sets. Novak Djokovic continues to write pages of tennis history with his incredible performances shown on the court in the most prestigious and significant tournaments.
The Serbian has not lost a match in the Grand Slams on the field since last October 10, in the final at Roland Garros 2020 with Rafa Nadal (excluding the defeat by disqualification of the last edition of the US Open, against the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, for hitting even if unintentionally with a ball a line judge when the game is stopped).
The world number one intends to complete the 'Calendar Grand Slam' for the second time in his career, after 2016, and rewrite all the records, including those already in his possession and others that he will try to achieve in the coming years.
The player from Belgrade, after beating the blue Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals in four sets, will now have to contend with rival Alexander Zverev in the semifinals of the New York competition, to pursue the coveted goal of winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros in the same year, Wimbledon and Us Open.
With the comeback success on the Italian tennis player, number 6 of the race towards the Nitto Atp Finals, the winner of 20 Slam titles equaled the Swiss champion Roger Federer, who currently has the same triumphs in prestigious events as Nole and also Rafa Nadal , in a special ranking: the two are now tied for the number of matches won against players in the top 10.
224 victories for both, with the Serbian who will overtake the 40-year-old from Basel if he wins against the German, the fourth seed of the tournament. Djokovic also became the third player with the most triumphs on US hardcourt.
The 34-year-old was recently questioned about the big chance of catching Rod Laver in doing the 'Grand Slam' twice, but his focus is all on the next challenge: “I've already said millions of times that it motivates me a lot to be in this position."
Berrettini praises Novak Djokovic
Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini was up against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open 2021. Similar to their previous two meetings this season, it was the Serb who emerged victoriously.
Interestingly, in the post-match press conference, the Italian was talking on the GOAT debate involving Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. While speaking on the topic, Berrettini stated, “No, it’s always tricky this question for me because there are personal opinions and then there are stats and stuff.
I just know we are experiencing something that didn’t happen in the last I don’t know how many years. Just looking at the stats, just looking at the numbers, he’s doing something that the other two didn’t do”.
The 25-year-old further added, “But then everybody can say the GOAT is one player or the other player. There are still some people who think McEnroe or Sampras or Agassi was just better than him. It’s a personal feeling, I think this is what’s great about the sport”.