Novak Djokovic beat the competition in Grand Slams this year. The number 1 in the world has in fact won the first three Majors of 2021 by beating three members of the Next Gen in the relative finals (Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros and Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon).
The Serbian champion will also be the big favorite at the US Open, which will start in New York in just over a week. The 34-year-old Serbian has returned from disappointment at the Tokyo Olympics, where he hoped to win the gold medal in singles to nurture a dream called Calendar Golden Slam.
His race was abruptly interrupted in the semifinals by Alexander Zverev, also due to a psycho-physical collapse as sudden as it was unexpected. Nole has decided to skip both American Masters 1000s to recharge his batteries ahead of the United States Open, which will have an even more special flavor for him.
Should he triumph at Flushing Meadows, Djokovic would become the second player in the Open Era to complete the Grand Slam (the first to do so was Rod Laver back in 1969). With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal out of the game, it goes without saying that he will have enormous pressure on his shoulders.
Djokovic is preparing for the US Open
In a recent interview for Raiffeisen Bank International, Novak Djokovic listed the best gifts he has ever received from his fans. He said: "So many wonderful gifts have been delivered to me.
I received some beautiful and gigantic paintings, especially one that was given to me in China comes to mind. It was really difficult for me to get him home, as I didn't know how to get him on the plane." Djokovic has a very close bond with his fans.
In fact he added: "I especially appreciate hand-made works, no matter their value. It means that a person has spent time and effort to make me happy. In those cases you understand that it is something that comes from the bottom of the heart. Such gifts hold a special place in my home."