“Great Quality Match”: Novak Djokovic Reflects on Win Over Jenson Brooksby at US Open 2021


Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic stormed into the quarterfinal at the United States Open for the 12th time in his career. For reaching the last eight this year, Serb outlasted American rising star Jenson Brooksby in the four sets(1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2).

With the aid of a huge New York crowd, the 20-year-old from California captured the opening set against the 20-time Grand Slam champion. However, the top seed found his rhythm in the second set and eventually concluded NextGen’s dream run at the home major event in two-hour and 58-minute.  

“I think great quality match. He started off better. I’ve never played with him. I didn’t see him play too many times. Maybe a few matches in the last few months. Haven’t followed his career prior to that, so I didn’t know much about him. Had to do some homework and some analysis,” Djokovic said in the post-match interview. 

“It’s different stepping out on the court for the first time against someone that really has nothing to lose. He’s a young, talented player that is very crafty. He’s got the really all-around game. He was pumped. He had the crowd behind him, of course. He played a perfect first set. Everything he intended to do he executed perfectly.”

“Was a Good Finish. It Wasn’t a Good Start”, says Djokovic

Serbian continued, “On my end, I was just trying to find a rhythm, trying to read his game, trying to understand where I can find holes in his game and start to attack and shift the momentum to my side.”

“That happened already at the beginning of the second set. I broke him early. He broke back. But I re-broke his serve right away. We had some very, very long rallies, long games. It took a toll physically I think on both of us at that point. But I managed to find the right service. I served efficiently when I needed to, opening up the court.”

“The third and fourth sets were really, really good from my side. I felt I was more dominant. I decreased the unforced errors that were really high in the first part of the match. I just kind of swung through the ball better.”

“Was a good finish. It wasn’t a good start. But all in all, I expected the battle, and I got that one. I’m pleased to overcome it.”

Novak Djokovic will face Italian Matte Berrettini for a semifinal spot at the US Open 2021. 

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