As the US Open draws to a close, the spotlight has completely shifted in the direction of Novak Djokovic. Three wins separate the world number 1 from a legendary feat, which would allow him to become the second player in the Open Era to achieve the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’. The Serbian champion has won the first three Majors of the season and can truly fulfill a dream, but he will have to watch out for the last obstacles along his path. The first responds to the name of Matteo Berrettini, already beaten this year both at Roland Garros and in the Wimbledon final. If he were to go through, his closest rivals would be Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev. Both the German and the Russian have looked in great shape over the past month, as well as winning the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and Toronto before arriving in New York. Sascha inflicted on Nole the most painful defeat of this 2021, having placed a screaming comeback in the semifinal of the Tokyo Olympics. In a recent interview for the US Open website, Juan Martin del Potro expressed a number of interesting thoughts on the decisive rounds of the New York Slam. Recall that Zverev has never beaten a Top 5 in a Grand Slam tournament.
Juan Martin del Potro on Novak Djokovic
The 2009 US Open champion stated, “Well I think Sascha has the confidence and the power to win the title of course. But I think he will be also feeling the pressure of never winning a Grand Slam title. I don’t know what could happen against Novak Djokovic.” The 32-year-old further added, “I mean, Sascha everyone knows he has all the shots on the court and he’s a very smart player but in the end, he needs something else to break the line to keep winning big tournaments. I don’t know what’ll happen in this one but from my point of view, against Novak, I don’t know if he’ll make it.” Speaking of Juan, he has been on the sidelines for a lengthy period. However, there have been some positive developments and he has started having light practice sessions on the tennis courts once again. Reflecting on tennis, Sascha is scheduled to take on Lloyd Harris in the quarterfinal match later today. We wish him the best of luck. Djokovic is three wins away from completing a historic Calendar Grand Slam. Doing so will also give the Serb his 21st Major, thus breaking the record he currently shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.