After the disappointment of the Tokyo Olympics, Novak Djokovic withdrew from the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Open, the two Masters 1000 events leading up to the 2021 US Open. Naturally, fans began to wonder if the Serbian world number one would play in New York or not. . However, the answer was already in his declaration for the Cincinnati withdrawal. In a grueling schedule since the Australian Open, Djokovic needed a break to recover. Therefore, he decided to skip the US Open Series events to have fresh legs for the American Grand Slam. Elaborately, the 34-year-old “can’t wait” to meet fans at the 2021 US Open. On a sadder note, Djokovic’s archrival and five-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal will not play this year. Therefore, you will have to play another US Open without him. What happened to Novak Djokovic at the 2020 US Open? In one of the strangest incidents in tennis history, Djokovic was fouled from the US Open last year after accidentally hitting a linesman in the throat. Consequently, his career in New York ended in the fourth round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta. Although he sincerely apologized, it did not affect the authorities’ decision.
Hantuchova reflects on Novak Djokovic
Daniela Hantuchova believes Novak Djokovic’s emotional outbursts on court prove that he genuinely cares about the sport. Hantuchova also reckons Djokovic would be extra motivated to do well at the US Open after his loss at the Tokyo Olympics, and that Daniil Medvedev is in the best position to challenge the Serb in New York. “This is his personality, he’s not Rafa, he’s not Roger,” Hantuchova said. “It shows how much he cares and how competitive he is. I think it’s good that all three are so different in so many ways and it allows us to enjoy what they have done over the last 20 years for our game.” However, the Slovak also cautioned that Djokovic would be under a lot of pressure in New York given that he is on the cusp of completing the historic Calendar Slam. “I feel losing in Tokyo could be good for him because he is always good at reacting to a setback and everything is lined up for him to do it,” Hantuchova said. “But we have seen with Serena Williams that the pressure can be difficult when you are so close to something so special. He will face pressure trying to do something so special, but this is when he feels the most comfortable for me, when he has pressure.”