Andy Roddick Says Novak Djokovic ‘Takes Your Legs, Then Takes Your Soul’ After Masterclass Display at US Open 2021

Published 09/06/2021, 10:26 PM EDT
Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after a fourth set winner against Jenson Brooksby of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


The night sessions in Arthur Ashe Stadium, USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Centre, are inarguably the best in the world. Recently, it hosted the spectacular battle between 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby taking on the World No.1 Novak Djokovic. Indeed, the match had all the drama tennis fans expect in a fourth-round encounter of a major tournament.

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Notably, Djokovic and Brooksby fought for a place in the US Open 2021 quarterfinals. A win here could bring the Serbian three more wins away from the calendar-year Grand Slam title.

But unexpectedly, the young American stole the first set from the 20-time Grand Slam champion 6-1. Indeed, it set the entire night on a fiery mode, where Djokovic took the following two sets 6-3 and 6-2.

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The 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick is currently a Tennis Channel expert and one of the advocates of Novak Djokovic. Although he did appreciate Brooksby’s tennis, he knew what was about to unleash after the opening set.

“I promise you one thing. As we get into this, Novak will make this the most painful physical experience this kid has ever seen. Hour and a half in, and some serious body blows thrown. We know Novak can handle it,” Roddick tweeted.

Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after a break in the second set against Jenson Brooksby of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

As Roddick predicted, Djokovic steadily took over the Brooksby fever and stepped closer to the quarterfinals. Most significantly, he completely subdued the competeting passion inside the young American.

“First he takes your legs, then he takes your soul,” Roddick tweeted later. Afterwards, he praised how the 34-year-old has transformed his physicality over the years.

“An hour ago. We’ve seen this before, Novak’s fitness used to be a weakness. One of the best examples in sports history of turning a negative into a positive. He’s a beast,” the American wrote.

Accordingly, after losing the opening set, Djokovic comfortably won the following three sets. With the win, he also kept his calendar-year Grand Slam run alive. The final score: 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

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In the quarterfinals, a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final will take place. Hence, the question is whether Matteo Berrettini will complete his revenge against Novak Djokovic.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after winning his final match alongside Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Steven Paston

More than anything, the Serbian ace is looking forward to making history at the US Open 2021. Only time will tell if he wins the 2021 Grand Slam or not.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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