World No. 1 Novak Djokovic shared an encouraging message to rising American star Jenson Brooksby following their clash at the US Open.
Djokovic, who is chasing a Calendar Grand Slam, recovered from a set down to beat Brooksby 1-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 and reach the US Open quarterfinal.
Brooksby came out firing, breaking Djokovic twice in the first set to easily win the opener.b
“The atmosphere was] electric, awesome,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview, per Tennishead.
“I enjoyed it. It gives both players energy and motivation to showcase.
“Brooksby has a bright future. I told him that at the net. He’s a great player
“I must say that it wasn’t a great start for me. Jenson was pumped he had a clear game plan, and was executing all the shots. I was on the back foot and he was reading the play.
“The momentum was changed midway second set. We played two long games. After that I started hitting more cleanly and through the court. I found my serves well.”
Djokovic added more praise on Brooksby
World No. 99 Brooksby has had a big summer, ending runner-up in Newport and making the semifinal in Washington.
After a couple of notable results in his first weeks at the ATP level, Brooksby didn’t disappoint at the Grand Slam level, making the US Open round-of-16.
“He played a perfect first set. I couldn’t do much. He disguises drop shots and slices so well. He’s talented, so crafty, a very intelligent player, no doubt about it,” Djokovic said of Brooksby.
Djokovic will be fighting against Matteo Berrettini for a place in the US Open final.
“Rematch from the Wimbledon final from a couple of months ago,” Djokovic said. “It’s going to be exciting. He loves the big stage.
“Matteo is already established in top ten. Big serve, big game overall. I will try to prepare and hope for the best.”