Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev are the main favorites to meet in the US Open final and fight for the last Major crown of the season. The top seeds have reached the third round after four wins over lower-ranked rivals, with more challenging encounters facing them in the coming days.
Daniil praised Novak and all that he has achieved in the previous decade, setting many records and matching his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. If he wins five more games in New York, Novak will become the leader of the group with 21 Major titles and a proud owner of the third calendar Grand Slam in tennis history, the first since 1969.
When he was younger, Daniil couldn't think of Novak catching up with Roger and Rafa, trailing by many Majors and winning none between the 2008 and 2011 Australian Open. The last season proved to be a game changer for the Serbian, claiming three Major trophies and conquering the ATP throne after Wimbledon.
Djokovic has been a player to beat in the last decade, getting six no. 1 and winning 19 Major crowns to leave Federer and Nadal far behind. Producing an incredible level of tennis in the four most notable tournaments year after year, Novak has won more than half of all Grand Slams since Wimbledon 2014.
The Serbian has also claimed eight of the previous 12 to reach the magic number of 20 and become a favorite to finish the GOAT race ahead of Federer and Nadal. At 34, Novak is eager to play at a high level for a few more years and break all tennis records, confident in his abilities and constantly working on his mental and physical strength.
Along with his rivals, Djokovic will have to deal with pressure in the remaining five games at the US Open, trying to bounce back from the Tokyo Olympics setback and win the ultimate honor.
Rusedski speaks about Roger Federer
Greg Rusedski has explained why he thinks Roger Federer may never return to the ATP Tour following the latest setback on his knee injury.
Federer announced prior to the US Open that he would need to undergo a third operation on his troublesome knee, ruling him out for the remainder of the year. "Federer at 39 was still contending at Grand Slams but time doesn't stand still for anybody.
We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in 2022, but it doesn't sound so optimistic. Maybe we'll see him one more time at Wimbledon but who knows. If he can't win Grand Slams then he's probably not going to come back."
Rusedski believes Federer may just have to accept that time waits for no man and this new lay-off will test his mental fortitude.