On the hard-courts of Flushing Meadows, after a rather prolonged period of rest, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic will face it in the first round of the US Open 2021 with a qualifier and in the second with the winner of the match between Jan-Lennard Struff and Timo Grieskpoor.
Hypothetical third round with one between David Goffin and Kei Nishikori, on a collision course with Salvatore Caruso at the debut, in the second round (respecting the ranking hierarchies) there could be Alex de Minaur. In the same segment of the scoreboard also Aslan Karatsev and Gianluca Mager, called parallel to the first round of the Jordan Thompson's test.
In the fourth of the world number one also Matteo Berrettini, number six on the draw, who after Jeremy Chardy could find Stefano Travaglia. Hypothetical derby also in the third round with Fabio Fognini, initially opposed to Vasek Pospisil and possibly to one between Tennys Sandgren and Ilya Ivashka.
Djokovic could therefore face Alexander Zverev in the semifinals. Fresh from Olympic gold and also from the success in Cincinnati in the 1000s. In the fourth round the potential challenge with Jannik Sinner, on a collision course with Max Purcell in the first round, probably with Marco Cecchinato in the second and presumably with one between Gael Monfils and Steve Johnson in the third.
In the lower part of the board the main antagonist of Stefanos Tsitsipas, obviously together with Daniil Medvedev, could be Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals. The Greek - called to the fascinating challenge with Andy Murray in the first round - could still have a relatively free way to the final stages.
The number two of the seeding, which falls in parallel in a portion of the board that tends to be poor in names, strictly speaking should face Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals. We recall that Novak Djokovic is seven wins from the Grand Slam.
Seven wins from a feat that was only achieved by Don Budge and Rod Laver in the men's tennis and Margaret Court, Steffi Graff and Maureen Connoly in the women's tennis.
SERENA WILLIAMS WILL SKIP THE US OPEN 2021!
Serena Williams will not play the US Open 2021. The American tennis player herself made the announcement with a post from her official Instagram account. Williams has decided to rest to fully recover from the hamstring tear that is tormenting her.
Serena was forced to withdrawal for the same problem, even from the first round of Wimbledon, last June 29tg, after just seven games against the Belarusian Sasnovich. She will not be able to continue, at least for this year, the dream of the amazing American athlete of winning another slam, the one that would allow her to hook Margaret Smith Court at 24 at the top of this particular ranking.
The Queen, in her long career, in Flushing Meadows has already triumphed 6 times, with the last victory dating back to 2014, the year before the surprising elimination in the semifinals at the hands of Vinci, which prevented her from reaching the historic milestone of the Grand Slam.
But, still in everyone's eyes, it is the final of the 2018 edition, with Williams in her second Grand Slam final of the year, returning after pregnancy, and Naomi Osaka, surprise of the tournament, at her first time.
Also thanks to Serena's nervousness after a furious quarrel with the referee who had assigned her a warning for coaching, point penalty for breaking the racket and game penalty for verbal malpractice towards the chair judge, to get the better, in that occasion, it was the Japanese.
With the caption: A note update from me, Serena announced her decision with the following words enclosed in an image. She wrote: "After careful consideration and after following the advice of the doctors and the medical team, I decided that I would not I will participate in the US Open to allow my body to fully recover from a hamstring tears.
New York is one of the most beautiful cities and one of my favorite places to play. I will miss seeing the fans in the stands, but I will follow everyone from afar. Thank you for your unremitting support and love."