About Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, they are out untill the end of the season, and there are also some doubts of the come back of the Swiss Maestro on the court for 2022. Just during the last press conference at Flushing Meadows, the Serbian world no.1 Novak Djokovic praised his two great rival.
He said: "I understood this for the first time when I held all four majors at the same time between 2015 and 2016. There I realized that it was a feasible dream. I have always believed that I have a very good chance of winning all the Grand Sl."
His eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal never made it, even though they came close. He added: "Roger and Rafa failed to complete the Grand Slam, but they came close to it on more than one occasion. Federer has won three Grand Slams in one year and played in the Roland Garros final, so he missed very little.
The same goes for Nadal. These two guys and their dominance on the tour made me the player I am today, I have no doubts about it." Making the Grand Slam would be an epic feat for Novak Djokovic, who would become the second player in the Open Era (after Rod Laver in 1969) to win all four majors in the same season.
If he wants to complete the work, the world number 1 will have to win his fourth title at the US Open. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal absent due to injury, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev are the two most credited rivals to prevent him from writing yet another page of history.
The Serbian champion, who walked in the first two rounds, could meet the German in the semifinals, with the aim of taking revenge for the comeback he suffered at the Tokyo Olympics. That unexpected victory gave Sascha a huge boost of confidence, who is probably playing the best tennis of his entire career.
The finalist of the US Open 2020 also imposed himself in Cincinnati, showing an excellent physical and mental condition. In a recent interview with ESPN, Nole revealed the moment he realized he could do the Grand Slam.
US Open 2021: Djokovic in the 4th round, Barty eliminated!
On the hard-courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing Meadows, New York), the matches of the highly anticipated US Open 2021 are being played, the last Grand Slam of the season, during which there will be the absences of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.
Novak Djokovic qualified for the 4th round of the US Open 2021 thanks to the victory in four sets obtained against Kei Nishikori, with final score of 6-7 6-3 6-3 6-2, despite the opening set of disadvantage. The Serbian champion did not appear in the best shape of him and made too many unforced errors, but he still had the strength to win the match.
Jannik Sinner has eliminated Gael Monfils in five sets by scores of 7-6 (1), 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 and will now play in the fourth round against German Alexander Zverev. Also Matteo Berrettini e Reilly Opelka reached the 4th round.
World no.1 Ashleigh Barty was eliminated from the US Open 2021 4th round by North American player Shelby Rogers, with the final score of 2-6 6-1 6-7, after three brilliant sets. In the first set Barty made many mistakes with her forehand, in addition to 17 non-forced mistakes.
Rogers, who had already lost 5 more times this season against the Australian, said after the match: "Before entering the field I told myself that I would not want to lose for the sixth time by Ashleigh playing the same way, so I forced myself to playing more wisely, shooting less hard, resisting the temptation to look for the winners and also playing a little higher balls, as they did in the Under 12s.
The crowd is probably what made me win tonight It was incredible, I had goosebumps: I don't know if it's normal when you play tennis, but it happened. "
Below the highlights of the match. In the women's singles, Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and the very young Emma Raducanu also reached the 4th round.