In recent weeks, the topic that has taken hold is that relating to the scoreboard of the US Open 2020, which will have to deal with numerous forfeits for both men and women. Given the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the bookmakers are placing all the favors of the prediction on world number 1 Novak Djokovic, on the hunt for his 18th career Slam.
The Serbian phenomenon is the main suspect for winning his 4th title in New York, but he cannot afford to underestimate young arrembanti such as Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and the finalist of the last edition Daniil Medvedev.
Meanwhile, Patrick McEnroe analyzed the situation on the eve of the US Open. Despite the very long suspension due to the pandemic, the American doubts that the winner at Flushing Meadows is a completely unexpected name.
McEnroe on the US Open
“People say, ‘Oh, maybe someone’s going to come through and win the US Open.'
Maybe someone who is like Thiem or Tsitsipas who’s already there," Patrick McEnroe said. "I don’t see someone coming out of nowhere. That just doesn’t happen. I don’t see that happening."
The American then shifted his attention to Novak Djokovic. “That’s not saying it’s a lock that Djokovic is going to win. You can certainly make the argument that he might be more susceptible. But I don’t see someone coming out of nowhere and winning the Open,” McEnroe added.
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