World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is chasing history at the US Open but some believe there would be much bigger excitement if it was Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer chasing history at Flushing Meadows this fortnight.
Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, hasn’t lost a match at the Grand Slam level this year and he is a few wins away from collecting a Calendar Grand Slam.
The last player to win all four Grand Slams in the same year was Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who achieved the feat in 1969.
“I don’t know what to say… Do my successes get that attention, that kind of celebration or acceptance from the media and people in tennis, as may be the case with the successes of some others… Again, I am grateful for the fact that I play a sport that I love and that I am successful in it. I have recorded many historical results so far, I know who I am and what I am. I know what I have achieved, so no one can take it away from me in any way. If they sometimes try to diminish those successes or compare them with some successes of other players, in a way that suits them, it doesn’t excite me at all, I have my own way, I build my life story,” Djokovic told Serbian reporters.
Djokovic makes a winning start at the US Open
Top-seeded Djokovic staruggled a bit during his opener at Flushing Meadows but in the end escaped with a four-set win over Holger Rune.
This season, Djokovic surpassed Federer for most weeks spent as world No. 1.
If Djokovic wins the US Open, he will collect a record 21st Grand Slam and make it past Nadal and Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list.
Djokovic, 34, is chasing a fourth US Open title.
Djokovic’s last winning run at Flushing Meadows came in 2018, when he beat Juan Martin del Potro in the final.