Former British No. 4 Greg Rusedski has acknowledged that Novak Djokovic is the top favorite to win the US Open but noted that this is the most pressure he has ever faced.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, has been absolutely dominant at the Grand Slam level this year, winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
Djokovic, 34, is now aiming to win the US Open and capture a Calendar Grand Slam.
The last player to win all four Majors in the same year was Rod Laver, who achieved the feat in 1969.
“Novak is the man to beat but this is going to be the most pressure that he has ever been under in his career. Look at what happened to Serena Williams when she was going for the same thing in 2015 – she ended up losing in the semi-finals to Roberta Vinci in a huge upset.” Rusedski said, per Tennishead.
Rusedski lists Daniil Medvedev as the biggest threat to Djokovic
Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, made his second Grand Slam final at this year’s Australian Open.
Disappointingly, Medvedev failed to deliver against Djokovic as he ended up losing in straight sets.
“Daniil Medvedev is the biggest threat. He got crunched by Novak in the Australian Open final but I am sure he will have learned from that. I also think that Alex Zverev could be dangerous after what he did to Novak at the Olympics,” Rusedski said.
Rusedski also mentioned world No. 4 Alexander Zverev as the player who could ruin Djokovic’s plan at the US Open.
Zverev recovered from a set and a break down against Djokovic in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal, before beating Karen Khachanov to win gold medal.
“Zverev winning the Olympic gold could have the same effect on him like it did on Andy Murray in 2012, when he went on to win in New York.” Rusedski added.