He made a lot of history, but he is not satisfied and wants more. Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world, is the center of attraction at the US Open as he seeks to be the first man in 52 years, since Rod Laver, to win all four Grand Slam in the same season and also get the Major No. 21 and thus have the solo record, beating the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spanish Rafael Nadal. For the Serb, all this is his source of inspiration in New York.
On Tuesday night, Djokovic wrote another page of glory by extending his positive streak and winning in all 16 games he played in the first round of the US Open. And he became the first man to score more than 75 individual victories in each of the four Grand Slams, reaching 76 on New York concrete.
His first hurdle was not easy, 18-year-old Holger Rune from Denmark in his first Major game, having shone as a junior last season. The young man even took a set from the Serbian, to the delirium of the fans in Flushing Meadows.
“As always I have a lot of pressure from the entire tennis community and myself. Without a doubt, I would like to win the title and make history, it is something that inspires me,” said Djokovic at the US Open, where he seeks to emulate Laver, the Australian who won all four Grand Slam in 1969, the only time that feat was accomplished in men in the professional era.
“But I am focused on showing my best version every day. It sounds ‘cliché’, but I need to work mentally to be in the present. There is no secret formula for my success: it is a combination of factors, such as training, my daily life, mental work, recovery … “, he added.
“Here everything has its weight and that is why I value the fact of giving importance to the moment. Every time I lose concentration and focus, I try to recover and return with my attention to the present,” said the Serbian, now matched with Federer and Nadal with 20 cups in the Major.