Novak Djokovic Matches Venus Williams’ Record, Eyes Roger Federer and Serena Williams Next

Published 09/03/2021, 12:58 AM EDT
Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a shot against Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


World No. 1, Novak Djokovic was the star of the show, once again, at the US Open 2021. The Serbian met Tallon Griekspoor in his round 2 clash. Following an eventful outing and a dominant display of authoritative tennis, Novak beat Tallon in straight sets, matching yet another record in course of his victory.

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Playing under the New York skyline, Novak put on a show, entertaining the crowd who backed him with every swing and a miss. Notably, as he eased past Tallon quite comfortably, he put his name in the record books, right next to American veteran, Venus Williams. Novak’s victory against Tallon was his 31st night-match win, tieing the record for the 3rd most by a male or female athlete.

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Another record for Novak Djokovic

Novak displayed sheer dominance on the court against Tallon, beating him in straight sets. With his emphatic win, he now trails fellow ‘G.O.A.T.’ Roger Federer’s U.S.Open night match win tally by 5 wins. Notably, with Roger out of the US Open, Novak stands a chance of overtaking the Swiss giant in this record. However, American sensation Serena Williams tops the list with 44 such wins.

Djokovic’s journey to victory tonight was met with hindrance from a rather rude fan. During his round 2 clash, a spectator seated in the front row attempted to shake his focus, heckling him before every point. However, with history at stake, Novak wasn’t about to let a fan disturb his composure.

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Not acceptable

Unbothered by the rude fan’s unprecedented interference, the Serbian continued his game. However, Novak eventually complained to the chair umpire and had the fan correct his unruly behavior.

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Post his game, he reflected upon the same, saying “When someone from team sports watches it, they probably say “what a spoiled brat”, but it’s a different sport. I am fine with the noise, but if someone does it intentionally during the point over and over again, then it’s not fair.”

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves against Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

With every win, Novak moves one step closer to achieving the historic Calendar Grand Slam. Notably, as the tournament’s top seed, he is the undoubted favorite for the ultimate glory. However, with the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and a few other uprising stars headlining the action in New York, an upset similar to Tokyo is feared.

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Can Novak rise and shine, especially amidst the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal? Or are one of the Gen z stars enough to put an end to his dreams of creating history?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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