“Courts Are Quicker”: Novak Djokovic Reviews Australian Open 2021 Surface

Published 02/07/2021, 1:15 AM EST
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his first match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


Tomorrow, Serbian star Novak Djokovic is beginning his campaign at the 2021 Australian Open. There, he will be seeking a record-extending 9th title and an 18th Grand Slam win. Talking about this year’s event, the Serb said,

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“Courts are quicker each year here, it is a lot different comparing to 5-6 years ago. A lot of players noted it this year.”

Even though the courts became quicker each year, Novak’s performance in Melbourne hasn’t changed. He has just about always fared well in Melbourne, which is evident from his eight titles there. However, this time he faces a huge challenge not because of the courts but because of the draw.

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Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during his group stage match. It was against Germany’s Alexander Zverev and he won 6-7, 6-2, 7-5 to keep Serbia alive. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Novak Djokovic Faces Tough Path To 9th Title

At the 2021 Australian Open, Novak Djokovic has probably received his toughest draw yet. In the quarter-finals, he could face an in-form Alexander Zverev. In addition, in the semi-finals, he could potentially face Dominic Thiem who nearly beat him in the final last year.

Also, the Serb could face his fierce rival Rafael Nadal in the final of the event. The Spaniard is very eager to win the title after losing out on his last four opportunities. He is surely going to push Novak to his limits if he faces him.

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Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 2, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Clearly, the draw does not favor Djokovic at all, and many might say he will fail to win the title this year. However, one must never underestimate a 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Time and time again, Djokovic has surprised the tennis world. He could do so again by winning the Australian Open and get closer to holding the all-time record for Grand Slam titles. Good luck Nole!

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