Novak Djokovic has not lost a single match this year, extending his winning streak to 24 wins out of 24. He achieved his 24th win against Damir Dzumbhur, defeating him by 6-1 6-4 6-1 in the first round of the US Open.
Moreover, Top-seeded Novak Djokovic also spoke about serve clock changes during his opening round match. The purpose of the serve clock or shot clock to speed up play and to maintain fairness between players on the court. Players have 25 seconds time duration to serve after a point. If exceeded, They would be warned first, then penalized for the second violation.
During the second set, Novak Djokovic raised a question to chair umpire Damien Dumusois regarding the serve clock, when he found it is differently implemented at the U.S.Open 2020 from Western & Southern Open 2020.
While he did not aware of the Umpires would start the countdown earlier from this week, the world number one tennis player said, “Yes, that’s the problem that I have. I was not aware of it. No one really brought it to my attention.”
Additionally, Djokovic explained, “The lack of communication is something that worries me once again. I mean, that’s something that really upset me. I don’t mind if someone communicates and maybe asks the opinion of us players because we’re the ones who are supposed to play. But it’s going to greatly affect the match.”
“Two Days Later We Have a Different Rule”- Novak Djokovic on U.S.Open Serve Clock
Besides, Djokovic is the favorite to win the tournament in the absence of two other greats, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Additionally, this would be his 18th Grand Slam of his career. While expectations are high, Djokovic is not someone who will crumble down.
Talking about his winning streak Djokovic is aware that there are not a lot of players, both men, and women who have achieved this feat. However, this is not the first time that the world number one has such a winning streak to his name. And due to his experience, it will help him to win more matches.
“We’ve played in the certain tempo, so to say, [we] got used to it during the Western & Southern tournament, which just ended two days ago. Two days later we have a different rule that was just not communicated to us. That’s something that I found just not acceptable, not fair. But I guess I have to deal with it, and that’s it.”, Serbian added.
In conclusion, Novak Djokovic did say, “I just think there should be a better job done in communication with players prior to changing things like this.”