Stat Proves Novak Djokovic’s Struggles at US Open 2021

Published 09/08/2021, 10:50 PM EDT
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after double faulting in the first game of the first set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


On a 25-match winning streak in Grand Slam tournaments, Novak Djokovic faced Matteo Berrettini in the US Open 2021 quarterfinals. Notably, it was their third major tournament meeting in the same year. Moreover, this year’s American Slam seemed more strenuous than previous campaigns for the Serbian World No.1.

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Undoubtedly, Djokovic had more to lose than any other tennis player in Flushing Meadows, New York. While contending for the calendar-year Grand Slam, Djokovic is also one Slam away from breaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal‘s career haul.

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks to the crowd after winning a game in the first set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Indeed, the pressure on his shoulders has been extraordinary. Accordingly, his statistics at the US Open 2021 compared to previous years also proved that.

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For instance, the Serbian ace played 131 games so far in this year’s campaign, the most since 2010. Similarly, he lost three sets until now and has spent ten hours and 25 minutes on court, that is, the most since 2008.

Despite losing the first set, Djokovic has always found a way back into the match. However, this time, it would be an Everest challenge to tame the inspired Italian Berrettini.

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Novak Djokovic loses first set to Matteo Berrettini at US Open 2021 QFs

Both Djokovic and Berrettini showed complete resilience in keeping hold of their service games. For this, the duo saved multiple breakpoints and played the opening set for more than an hour.

Ultimately, the Italian force cracked a hole in the Serbian’s game. As a result, he got the crucial break when serving at 5-5. Afterward, Berrettini comfortably served out the set, winning it 7-5.

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Matteo Berrettini of Italy reacts after winning a game in the first set against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, Djokovic lost the opening set in his previous two encounters against Kei Nishikori and Jenson Brooksby. Following that, he never gave his opponent any chance to stay in the match.

Hence, the question in place is: Will Djokovic find his way back against Berrettini? Or will the Italian finally open his winning mark against the best player in the world?

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Djokovic and Berrettini’s previous meetings in 2021

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Before the US Open quarterfinals, the couple also met in the Roland-Garros quarterfinals and the Wimbledon final. On both occasions, Berrettini only won one set against 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

Furthermore, the Italian had won the opening set in the Championships final but toppled down afterward. Hence, it would equally be a challenge for him to stay in the match until the end.

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Let’s see who goes on to prove the stat wrong in this blockbuster US Open 2021 quarterfinals. Whose side are you on?

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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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