Everything is ready for the start of the US Open, which could have a historical note in the world of tennis. Whether that will be the case depends mostly on Novak Djokovic, who is chasing the calendar Grand Slam, a success that no one has managed to make for 40 years after Rod Laver.
And, at the same time, if he wins the tournament in New York, the Serbian ace will become the most trophy in the history of white sports in terms of the number of Grand Slam tournaments won - 21. And while all the eyes of tennis fans will be focused on Djokovic, the other guys are also dangerous.
Danil Medvedev, number two on the world list, is keen to stop Novak on his way to records. The Russian tennis player is also a hard-court specialist like Novak, he played with him in the final of the Australian Open this year and lost smoothly, but he hopes to have a chance to make a success in New York.
"I am sure that Novak wants to win 48 Grand Slams and play until the age of 55. But we are here to try to reach his level and beat him." "We are here to prevent him from winning the US Open. However, we all know how strong a player Djokovic is, one of the best in history.
That is why he is a big favorite in every tournament before it starts, "Medvedev pointed out. Djokovic and Medvedev cannot meet in New York before the finals. Novak will open the competition against the young Norwegian Holger Rune, while Medvedev's first rival will be veteran Richard Gasquet.
Djokovic before US Open
Let us also remember what Djokovic said before the US Open "I know how big the chance is in front of me and I am very motivated. I am looking forward to appearing in front of the audience, but it is necessary for me to play well, serve shots and maintain balance."
"There are many quality rivals in the tournament, and I consider Zverev, Medvedev, and Tsitsipas as the best. I feel tension, but I don't give importance to it," said the world's first racket. "I am aware that we are no longer as young and that we cannot play as many tournaments as before.
When an injury becomes chronic, it is worrying not only for one's career but also after it. Overcoming pain is part of the game, but there must be a limit."