US Open 2021 Will Be the Most Pressured Slam For Novak Djokovic, Says Former British No.1

Published 08/24/2021, 8:02 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Quarterfinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during his quarterfinal match against Kei Nishikori of Japan REUTERS/Edgar Su


World No.1 Novak Djokovic will be on the verge of creating history at the US Open 2021. After already winning three Grand Slam titles in the year, his aim will be to achieve the Calendar Slam. However, he will be receiving some tough competition from Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev at the Grand Slam.

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In a recent interview to Tennis365.com, former player Greg Rusedski, talked about the challenges that Novak Djokovic will face at the US Open 2021. He believes that even though Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are not playing at the Grand Slam, there are many players who will pose a threat for the Serbian.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off after losing his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany. REUTERS/Mike Segar

“This is the most pressured Slam he will go into in his life. Yes there is no Federer or Nadal this time, but Medvedev is playing great, Tsitsipas and Zverev are playing great, Zverev is playing so well and this will be pressure at its highest. You have to go all the way back to Rod Laver to find a player who did a calendar Grand Slam in the men’s game and that is all the way back in 1969,” said Rusedski in the interview.

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Rusedski claimed that the US Open is going to be special this year as Nole might surpass both Rafa and Roger in the Grand Slam tally if he succeeds in New York.

“This is immense. This is for No 21, to put him ahead of Roger and Rafa in that race and to give him the Calendar Grand Slam. That’s why this US Open is going to be so special. Ee wait to see how he deals with it,” added the former British No.1.

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Greg Rusedski compares the situation of Novak Djokovic with Serena Williams

Rusedski recalled how Serena Williams was so close to achieving the Calendar Slam in 2015. However, nobody expected what happened to her as she lost to Roberta Vince in the semis of the US Open. Thus, the former British player stated that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be under huge pressure and anything can happen at the Grand Slam.

Serena Williams of the USA and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose with the trophies during the 2016 Australian Open official draw at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

“We saw what the pressure did to Serena Williams when she tried to complete the calendar Grand Slam in 2015. In the final matches, it was too much. No one could have predicted she would lose to Roberta Vinci in the US Open semi-final that year. But this is what pressure can do to you. Pressure can build and build. But he knows the three out of five set format should play into his hands at the US Open,” concluded Rusedski.

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There is no doubt that Novak Djokovic will be having immense pressure at the US Open 2021. However, keeping in mind his record, his fans still have huge expectations from him. Will he be able to succeed in New York this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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