Novak Djokovic Shows Signs of Confidence for No.21 Ahead of US Open 2021

Published 08/28/2021, 11:56 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 22: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point in his fourth round match against Hyeon Chung of South Korea on day eight of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Just a few days to go for the US Open and fans can already feel the buzz around it. The season finale for Grand Slams begins on Monday and the men’s singles category has never looked juicier. However, there is one man who has his eyes on the prize and that man is Novak Djokovic.

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In a recent chat with ESPN journalist, Chris McKendry, Djokovic revealed his chances at the US Open. He showed true confidence in his answer as he predicted his next win.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Kei Nishikori of Japan greats Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia after their men’s singles semifinal match on Day Thirteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Nishikori defeated Djokovic in four sets 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic going for no.21

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The big-three, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are tied at 20 Grand Slam titles. However, Djokovic is the likeliest of them to surpass this figure and go on to win more. His three consecutive Grand Slam victories this year helped him tie with the other two. His form and strength currently gives him the edge to go on for another three to four years. He has another couple of titles left in him in the coming years.

Moreover, Djokovic is extremely confident of taking the lead this coming week itself when the World No.1 steps on court for the US Open. “11. Wait no, a 21,” said Djokovic when McKendry asked him how confident he is on a scale of 1-10 to win the US Open.

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Not only searching for a win, but also looking to create history

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Novak Djokovic is on the verge of becoming the first player since Steffi Graff to win a calendar Grand Slam. He can also become the first men’s player to win it since Rod Laver did it back in 1969.

However, achieving this feat is no joke as the players have to win four consecutive Grand Slams in a calendar year. The fatigue and wear and tear of the body can play a major role in the player’s form.

Djokovic could have completed a Golden Grand Slam this year, if only he had won a gold at the Tokyo Olympics. However, a frustrating loss in Tokyo and a medal less campaign has fueled Djokovic’s will to win the US Open.

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Can Djokovic complete his 21st title? He certainly believes so.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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