‘Against Novak Djokovic, you have to win the match yourself’, says Top 10

Records are meant to be beaten, but the goals that Novak Djokovic continues to reach will hardly be within the reach of the next generation of tennis players. Incredible numbers for a player who made history in the past years (the apex certainly in 2016 with the conquest of all four Slam tournaments in the same season) and managed to give continuity in the results, confirming himself at the highest levels even in these last years. For 337 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, the Serbian can write another page of his history over the weekend at the US Open 2021: in the New York competition he pushed back to the semifinals and aims to win the title, which would lead him to complete the ‘ Calendar Grand Slam ‘, having already posted Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. However, the competition is starting to become numerous and very tough, considering that the world number one has failed the coup of the ‘Golden Slam’ due to the defeat in Tokyo 2020 with Alexander Zverev. At the best of 5 sets, a formula that is valid only for prestigious matches, the player from Belgrade is however proving that he still has an edge over his opponents. He will also have to have it in the next two games, the first with the German Olympic champion, to become a legend, since only Rod Laver managed to make the Grand Slam twice in the course of his career.

Alexander Zverev comments on Novak Djokovic

Speaking to reporters after his win against Harris, Alexander Zverev stressed that he has to play a “perfect” match to stand a chance of beating the Serb. The German believes he has to take the attack to Novak Djokovic and control the rallies, while committing very few unforced errors. “Yeah, against him (Novak Djokovic) you prepare that you have to play the best match that you can. You have to be perfect, otherwise you will not win,” Zverev said. “Most of the time you can’t be perfect. That’s why most of the time people lose to him. Against him, you have to win the match yourself. You have to be the one that is dominating the points. You have to do it with very little unforced errors. He is the best player in the world. He is very difficult to beat,” the German added. “I mean, it’s the biggest tournament in the world, Tokyo. It’s the Olympics. Winning there against the world No. 1, especially that I was down a set and a break, being kind of out of the match, then coming back, it was different than the other matches. The emotions were different,” Zverev concluded.