Novak Djokovic: 'Flushing Meadows is a ghost town'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Flushing Meadows is a ghost town'

Novak Djokovic showed good condition on the eve of the US Open, which will kick off next Monday in New York. The world number 1 will go on the hunt for the 18th Grand Slam of his career, which would allow him to get even closer to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's record.

The Serbian phenomenon intends to overtake the Swiss also in the all-time ranking of the weeks at the top of the world ranking, an objective within reach already this year if there had not been the suspension for the pandemic.

At a press conference in Cincinnati, Nole expressed her feelings after playing a few games without the audience in the stands. The impression is that this situation will be destined to repeat itself until the end of the year, with a few small exceptions linked to the evolution of the Coronavirus emergency.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion is not at all happy to play the US Open without fans, which helped make the New York Grand Slam one of the most thrilling events of the season.

Djokovic on the US Open

"Look, anything is possible," Novak Djokovic said when asked about his chances of an unbeaten season.

"I don’t want to count that out, especially because we don’t know how the post-US tour season is going to look like, whether we are going to play, whether there is going to be another lockdown in Europe. It’s not my goal, actually, to go unbeaten, but I wouldn’t complain if I do.

I have seen a little glimpse from the central area of Flushing Meadows tennis center, and it’s a ghost town," the Serb said. "Not many people around. We’re not used to seeing it that way." The US Open, according to various players and Djokovic himself, is the loudest and most energetic tournament on the ATP tour.

"The U.S. Open is arguably the tournament that has the best energy. The people just get involved so much. It’s going to be missed. It’s missed already. We can’t sit here and pretend like we are OK even without a crowd.

We have to accept it, but I personally definitely hope that this is a temporary thing," asserted Novak Djokovic. Top seed Djokovic starts his US Open against Damir Dzumhur and could face home favourite and No. 16 seed John Isner in the fourth round.

Isner trails 2-10 in their ATP Head2Head series, but both of those victories came on North American hard courts. Seventh seed David Goffin sits in the opposite side of Djokovic’s quarter and faces a dangerous opening test in big-serving Reilly Opelka, who reached his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final this week.