In the quest for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title, World No.1 Novak Djokovic will lock horns with Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander Zverev for a championship spot at the US Open 2021.
Serb and German have faced each other nine-time in the ATP Tour. In their head-to-head series, the 20-time Grand Slam champion leads last year’s US Open finalist 6-3. Most recently, Zverev outlasted Djokovic in straight sets(1-6, 6-3, 6-1) at the Tokyo Olympic Games semi-final clash.
When asked about Zverev semifinal showdown in the post-match press conference, Djokovic said, “Look, the Olympic Games have been a tough ending for me emotionally. But I did dominate the tournament to the semifinals.”Embed from Getty Images
“I was 6-1, 3-2 against Zverev, who was also playing very well. Just I played great, great tennis. Then, unfortunately, the game fell apart. It happens.”
“I just started to doubt my shots a bit. He started to read my serve well. He has a tremendous serve. And he got a lot of free points on his service games. Next thing you know, he won it.”
“He won it comfortably in the end. Deserved to win a gold medal, obviously with the way he was playing. He hasn’t lost a match since.”
“It’s Going To Be A Battle”: Djokovic on Match Up With Zverev
A 24-year-old from Hamburg has had an incredible season in 2021. Zverev has a win-loss record of 43-11 and claimed titles at Acapulco Open, Madrid Masters, Tokyo Olympic Games, and Cincinnati Masters.
A 34-year-old from Belgrade continued, “He’s in fantastic form. Next to Medvedev, best form. But it’s the best of five. It’s a Grand Slam. Of course, looking at his results in the past few years, he’s played very well here on this court.”
In the 2020 US Open final, Zverev fell to Dominic Thiem in the gruelling five-setters(6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-7).
“He was a couple of points away from his first slam last year against Dominic,” Djokovic added.
“I know it’s going to be a battle, even harder than it was today. But I’m ready for it. Look, these are the hurdles that I need to overcome to get to the desired destination.”
“The result is something that I can’t predict, but I can definitely put myself in the best possible state of mind and body to perform as well as I can.”
“I know his game. As I said, I know his game very well. I’ve seen him play. He’s been playing very, very well. Again, semis. When we face each other, there’s nerves, a lot of things are on the line.”
“It could go both ways. I think very few points will really determine the winner there. Let’s see what happens,” Novak concluded.
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