Novak Djokovic (1st) is about to debut in the US Open 2021 seeking its 21st Grand Slam trophy to become the tennis player with the most titles of this caliber. Their first match, which will be direct in the second round, could be against Jan-Lennard Struff or Tallon Griekspoor. And in the run-up to this duel, the Serbian spoke at a press conference.
After winning Wimbledon and having won three of the four majors it’s from the season, the number one in the world is before the chance to achieve the Grand Slam. In reference to whether this possibility would be the most important achievement of his career, he expressed: “Yes, it would be. Obviously, I know what a great opportunity I have in front of me here in New York, where historically I have played very well over the years. It is probably the most entertaining tennis court we have. The crowd will come back to it. Stadium”.
Then he expanded: “I’m very inspired and motivated by that, no doubt. But at the same time I know how to balance things mentally, with a lot of expectations obviously around. My participation here, without the participation of Rafa and Roger, I feel. I know there are a lot of people who are going to be watching my matches and hoping that I do well and fight for a slam. At the same time, regardless of the absence of Roger and Rafa, you still have tennis players of tremendous quality who are probably on a roll now, like Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, those are the top three contenders I see for the title. “
With the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer from the contest, in addition to the absence of Serena Williams from the women’s circuit, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year will have very sensitive absences. Djokovic also referred to this. “They are some really big names in our sport. Of course, you never want to see them withdraw from one of the biggest tournaments in the world because, in addition to being in the role of their rival, I am also a fan of tennis.” express.
To close he said: “I wish you all a speedy recovery. I can understand that Roger, Rafa and Serena, I myself are not so young anymore. The new generation, obviously, can probably play more tournaments in one season. The bodies can sustain that effort and that beating. in a way. I guess we have to be a bit more selective. I can relate to what they are going through in terms of an injury. “