Novak Djokovic has made himself the author of a splendid first half of 2021, having won the first three Slams of the season with full merit. The world number 1 defeated as many Next Gen exponents in the finals, even making up two sets to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last act of Roland Garros two and a half months ago. The Serbian champion was hoping to get the gold medal around his neck at the Tokyo Olympics, but his path got stuck in the middle of the semifinal against Alexander Zverev. Ahead of a set and a break, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was the victim of a psycho-physical breakdown that forced him to give up ten of the last eleven games of the challenge. Exhausted and devoid of any motivation, Nole then surrendered to Pablo Carreno Busta in the match valid for the bronze. The 34-year-old from Belgrade missed both American Masters 1000s to recharge his batteries ahead of the US Open, where he could complete a historic ‘Calendar Grand Slam’. In a recent interview with ‘Tennis365’, Tim Henman illustrated how the negative experiences at last year’s US Open and the Tokyo Games can help Novak.
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Tim Henman believes the Serb’s meltdown in Tokyo, as well as the one he had at the US Open last year that led to his disqualification, may have been a good outlet for the Serb. Henman claims getting these out of his system could help Novak Djokovic stay focused in New York this year. “Now there is so much on the line for Novak and for me, the meltdowns he has had at the US Open last year and at the Olympics a few weeks ago might help him now. He has got them out of his system now,” Henman said. “That will focus his mind even more and I really feel the stars are aligning for Djokovic and he is going to be incredibly tough to beat in three out of five-set matches.” The US Open 2021 will begin on the 30th of August and will end on the 13th of September. This season, fans will be allowed to watch the matches from the stadiums with 100% full capacity. On the other hand, there is a slight disappointment as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem have decided to skip the tournament this year due to injuries. However, on the brighter side, superstars like Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams will be headlining the event. With the way Djokovic has performed at the Grand Slam events this year, he will surely be considered the favorite to lift his 21st Grand Slam title.