Novak Djokovic is back to playing his best as he advances to the third round of US Open after defeating Tallon Griekspoor 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. The match took place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
In the third round, he will be up against the Kei Nishikori of Japan who was previously a runner up at the 2014 US Open.
A perfect win at all the remaining five matches will give him the men’s all time record. This will be his 21st grand slam. Currently his grand slam record is tied with fellow tennis legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both of whom are absent from the US Open this year.
Nishikori last beat him in the 2014 US Open semi finals. Beating the world number 1 put him on to everyone’s radar, but then Novak went onto win 16 in a row which has significantly reduced Nishikori’s chances of beating him at the game. The Serbian star has record of 17-2.
But the Japanese ace remains positive. He is going to give his best despite knowing that his record does not stand against Novak.
Men’s single calender slam record till now is held by Rod Laver who achieved the feat back in 1969. After 52 years later, fans are hoping that Novak just might break his record.
Currently world no 1, admits that he has been feeling the pressure. It is not physically, it has more to do with his mental health.
Probably it’s more mental and emotional really. I don’t mind being court a long time. I feel like I have more chances in a best-of-five.”Times of India
The competition is tough and the 34-year-old is aware of it. Every other player has their eye on the trophy.
I’m not the only player that wants to go deep in the tournament and put his hands on the trophy. In trying to be my best everyday and let’s see what happens.
I’m as motivated as ever to do well.Times of India
New York has been recovering from Hurricane Ida that had struck the city on Wednesday. Apart from severe property destruction, subways were flooded and roads became unusable. Due to the weather condition, there were very few attendance at the court at the time of the match.