Jenson Brooksby Joins Rafael Nadal and Others in Rare List to Breadstick Novak Djokovic at US Open 2021

Published 09/06/2021, 8:19 PM EDT
Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits to 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


Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic has had an unbeatable Grand Slam career in the 2021 season. However, to complete the Calendar Slam, he also needed to clear the Jenson Brooksby test in the US Open 2021 fourth round. More than that, he had to do it in front of the maddening New York crowd cheering for the American in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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So far, the fans have made all the difference in elevating local players and causing big upsets. Naturally, this time too, they elevated the 20-year-old American against the most favorite player to win this year’s US Open title.

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Amazingly, with the support of the crowd, Brooksby achieved an exceptional feat against Djokovic. He took the first set of the Serbian 6-1; a breadstick that not many have registered against the Serbian.

Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Jenson Brooksby of the USA celebrates after a first set break against Novak Djokovic of Serbia 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

Notably, the players who have won a bagel (6-0) or a breadstick (6-1) against Djokovic in a Grand Slam are also world-class. And at the US Open 2021, Brooksby added his name to the glorious list.

The list bods Marin Safin, Fernando Verdasco, Stan Wawrinka, and Rafael Nadal. Ultimately, the question remains: Can Brooksby continue to keep up his level to cause the biggest upset at the American Grand Slam?

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Coincidentally, Djokovic has had an unspoken ritual of losing the first set to unleash his best self on the court. He has done the same on numerous occassions.

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Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits to 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

Similarly, the Serbian ace might cut short the self-belief that the 20-year-old captured in the opening set. However, Djokovic has the whole of Arthur Ashe rooting for his opponent, the young American Jenson Brooksby.

Above all, an epic battle is ready to cook for tennis fans around the world. Moreover, with the Calendar Grand Slam at stake, it indeed makes the battle more intriguing.

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Also, the winner between the two will face this year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini in the quaterfinals. Will Brooksby cause the biggest upset or Djokovic will continue on his 2021 Grand Slam run?

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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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