The race to the Grand Slam of Novak Djokovic continues. In the 4th round Nole broke the pass for the quarter-finals by beating Jenson Brooksby. For about a set and a half the world number 1 was pushed a little by the young American talent, only to find countermeasures and win the next three decisive sets.
In the next round, the umpteenth challenge is proposed again in a Grand Slam test with Matteo Berrettini, the second among the best eight after the one at Roland Garros. The big target – which was not hit by Rod Laver in 1969 – is therefore increasingly visible to Djokovic, but being the main favorite produces immense pressure that no one can bear.
His mental strength was praised by one of his coaches, former world number 2 and Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, interviewed by the official website of the ATP Tour. On the occasion of the induction ceremony in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport in July, Goran Ivanisevic gave an interview to the official website of the ATP Tour.
Ivanisevic: “More pressure he feels, more Djokovic plays better”
The former Croatian champion once again underlined Djokovic’s extraordinary talents, especially his mental ones: “He will undoubtedly be under pressure, but Novak is a guy who is under more pressure and more pressure he feels, more he playes better.
This is what makes him such a great champion and is the reason why he is the best player in the history of this sport in my opinion. Seven, eight years ago, when I was not even close to being part of his team, I said that the only person capable of winning four Grand Slams in a year was him, regardless of the results or the Slams won.”
Although now equipped with a sort of armor that relieves pressure in crucial moments, Djokovic lives daily with the weight of expectations: “He feels the pressure. Everyone feels the pressure. He can be seen in the games that he sometimes plays better.
He didn’t play seven perfect matches at Wimbledon, but he won. He doesn’t notice that much because he’s winning. I’m not saying he’ll win for sure, because you can’t say he’s going to win seven games. It will be two weeks long .”
The results immediately preceding the US Open were not fully satisfactory for someone like Djokovic, above all that of the failure to conquer the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, stolen from him by Carreño Busta.
This has led to chatter around the Serbian, but it is precisely in these cases that he charges and thrives, according to Ivanisevic: “Many people will say: Ok, I don’t know’ But him? He says, Get in on it, I’ll show you who I am on the court!
Look at him, he has won three Grand Slams in a row! He has already made history and can write an even bigger story. He is an incredible person, you can learn a lot from him.”
The next obstacle in Djokovic’s path is Matteo Berrettini, who eliminated the German Otte. It is the third crossing in a Grand Slam between the number 1 in the world and the Roman, who in the meantime has reached his best ranking. Expectations are much higher for the Serbian than for the blue, which could represent a pitfall for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.