Novak Djokovic sweated more than expected to get the better of Jenson Brooksby in the fourth round of the US Open 2021. The world number 1 had to come back from one set of disadvantage to claw the victory in four halves, despite the relentless support of Arthur Ashe Stadium for his young opponent.
The Serbian champion has therefore taken off the pass for the quarter-finals, in which he will face Matteo Berrettini for the third time in the Grand Slams this year. The two had already met in the quarterfinals of the Roland Garros and in the Wimbledon final, with Nole victorious in both circumstances.
Three successes divide the 34-year-old from Belgrade from the Grand Slam, a goal that in the Open Era only succeeded by Rod Laver back in 1969. Through his official Twitter profile, the former American tennis player Mardy Fish tried to explain the reason that pushes the fans to take sides against Djokovic.
The latter broke the dominance of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are by far the two most loved champions of the modern era. In the event of a triumph in New York, Novak would overtake them in the all-time Grand Slam rankings, climbing to 21.
Mardy Fish encourages Novak Djokovic
Fish said: "I think people don't like Novak Djokovic because he always ends up beating their favorite players. Before he exploded and became the champion he is today, people had grown fond of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
He has beaten them both and stolen several records, which is why he will never be well liked. I am of the opinion that he will finish his career with at least 23 Grand Slams on the board." During the press conference, Nole analyzed the upcoming match against Berrettini: "We played very tight games both at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
This is the third Grand Slam in a row in which we will play against each other. It's really lethal with the joke and the next hit, it reminds me of Juan Martin del Potro. He has already established himself as a top player, but I hope the result is the same as the previous two."