Novak Djokovic needed to cope with his first actual setback in his extraordinary 2021. The world number one, who gained the primary three Slams of the season, didn’t seize the gold medal on the Olympics of Tokyo, yielding to Alexander Zverev within the semifinals.
Forward of a set and a break, the Serbian star was the sufferer of a psycho-physical collapse that price him loads, having misplaced ten of the final eleven video games of the match. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has determined to skip each of the American Masters 1000 to recharge his batteries, in an effort to be prepared for his appointment with historical past.
If he have been to triumph on the US Open, Nole would in truth grow to be the second participant within the Open Period (after the legendary Rod Laver) to finish the Grand Slam. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal out of the sport, Djokovic should pay explicit consideration to Daniil Medvedev and Sascha Zverev, who’ve appeared in wonderful form in current weeks (the Russian gained in Toronto and the German in Cincinnati).
In an extended unique interview with the ‘Tennis365’ portal, former WTA star Daniela Hantuchova analyzed the prospects of the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Hantuchova talks about Novak Djokovic
“That is his character, he is not Rafael Nadal, he is not Roger Federer,” Daniela Hantuchova mentioned.
“It reveals how a lot Novak Djokovic cares and the way aggressive he’s. I believe it is good that every one three are so totally different in so some ways and it permits us to get pleasure from what they’ve executed over the past 20 years for our sport.”
Hantuchova went on to opine that failing in Tokyo may very well be a blessing in disguise for Novak Djokovic, as it will inspire him to show some extent on the US Open. “I really feel dropping in Tokyo may very well be good for him as a result of he’s at all times good at reacting to a setback and every little thing is lined up for him to do it,” Hantuchova mentioned.
“However now we have seen with Serena Williams that the strain will be troublesome if you end up so near one thing so particular. He’ll face strain making an attempt to do one thing so particular, however that is when he feels essentially the most comfy for me, when he has strain.
I nonetheless really feel like Novak is a degree above all of them in the perfect of 5 matches,” Hantuchova mentioned. “It is going to be fascinating to see how sharp he will be with out taking part in any warm-up occasions earlier than the US Open, however he’s usually in cruise management within the first week of a Main and I might count on him to attempt to use the primary week in New York to get into high form for the challenges within the second week.”