Novak Djokovic: ‘I don’t take anybody’s soul’

The quarter-final matches were defined at the 2021 United States Open, where undoubtedly the most attractive match will be the one starring Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini. The Serbian tennis player, current world number one, is only three steps away from becoming the second player in history to win the 4 Grand Slams, the first since 1969 when the Australian Rod Laver did it. But in the quarterfinals, “Nole” will face Berrettini, a reissue of the final they played a few weeks ago at Wimbledon. On that occasion, the Serbian emerged victorious after having lost the first set, to leave the record between the two with a categorical 3-0. In the same upper part of the table, German Alexander Zverev, fourth seed and the fittest player on the circuit, will have to face the dangerous South African server Lloyd Harris. Sascha and Harris also already have two confrontations and in both the German came out with the victory. The lower part of the table maintains among its representatives Russian Daniil Medvedev, second seeded, who has in his hands the possibility of ending the dream of Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, a player who has come from the previous stage. Finally, in a duel between members of NextGen, Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (12) will face Spanish Carlos Alcaraz. These are the 4 quarter-final matches at the US Open 2021, where Djokovic and Medvedev start as favorites to meet in the grand final.

Djokovic expressed his gratitude to Roddick 

Novak Djokovic moved in the quarterfinals of the 2021 US Open with a hard-fought 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Jenson Brooksby in the fourth round on Monday. “First he takes your legs, then he takes your soul,” Roddick tweeted. Djokovic first expressed his gratitude to Roddick for lauding his playing style, before making a witty yet meaningful comment the second part of the American’s tweet. “Thanks, Andy, I take that as a compliment, only the first part,” Novak Djokovic said. “The second part, I don’t take anybody’s soul. Everyone has their soul, we are all beautiful souls so I appreciate everyone. But I’ll take your legs out that’s for sure! He absorbs the pace very well, especially from the backhand side,” Djokovic said. “He reminds me of Florian Mayer who had this double-handed slice, very smart player. Maybe not the greatest mover, but Mayer just managed to play on the big stage pretty well against the players who try to penetrate the ball and kind of dictate the play, stay close to the line. He loved playing with the guys like that.”