Novak Djokovic had hectic days on the Adria Tour but fate seems to be winking towards the return of the circuit: in the United States, Cincinnati and the US Open, the Serbian will not compete against his two great rivals.
Roger Federer will not be present while recovering from a knee operation while Rafael Nadal preferred to avoid touring the United States. It will be the first Grand Slam in Djokovic’s career in which he will play without either of them.
The world No. 1, who made semifinals at the Masters 1000 and eighth-finals at the 2019 Grand Slam, could not only extend his difference in the ranking with Nadal (he is currently just 370 points) but he starts as an absolute favorite to keep his 18th Grand Slam title.
Since the US Open 2016 (Wawrinka), no player outside of Big 3 has won a Grand Slam. Barely two infielders did (Cilic and Murray), while Thiem appears as the Swiss’s biggest threat: finalist for Australia in 2020 and twice at Roland Garros.
Djokovic won the US Open three times: 2011, 2015 and 2018.