One more win, that’s all that is left for Novak Djokovic to become the all-time Grand Slam winner. The world number one qualified tonight (Friday to Saturday) for the United States Championship final after a dramatic 2: 3 over Alexander Zebrav, and in the grand final, the world number two, Daniel Medvedev, is looking forward to it.
The Serb achieved a kind of revenge against Zebrav, less than two months after the German defeated him in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games. Tonight Zebrav also took Djokovic to the end, winning the first and fourth sets, but he is certainly not surprised: “This is the biggest fight I have had so far, and it was expected. He is in good shape and I knew the challenge would be huge.”
Novak Djokovic ties Roger Federer’s record with his 3️⃣1️⃣st Grand Slam final. pic.twitter.com/pMe34rqUxn
— US Open Tennis (usopen) September 11, 2021
Djokovic, who equaled Roger Federer with his 31st Grand Slam final appearance, shed light on how he manages to stay at the top of the industry for so many years: One. Only you are on the court, there is nowhere to run. Over the years I have been able to develop a method that works for me. There is no one thing that is the secret to success, everything is mixed together. Tennis is a beautiful but demanding sport. I have been blessed to be at this stage for so long. “
One of Djokovic’s inspirations is the late Kobe Bryant, and the Serb compared the situation he is currently in to one that was during the Lakers legend’s career: “Millions of athletes around the world watched him, admired him. That’s the attitude I have too, the work is not complete. There is excitement and motivation, without a doubt, probably more than ever, but one more game remains.”
If he wins, Djokovic will not only become the Grand Slam winner, but will also become the first since Rod Labor in 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in one calendar year in the men’s round: “Because it can be argued that he is the most important in my career. Maybe not, I do not know, but the most important this year for sure. I will give my heart, soul, body and head.”
In 2015, Serena Williams came close to completing four wins in a calendar year with wins at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but succumbed to Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals. Djokovic recalled: “I can understand what she went through. I understand why she wanted to avoid all the questions about it, because in the end you have to get on the field and live up to expectations. You are always expected to win.”
Zebrav, on the other hand, will once again have to wait for his first career win at the Grand Slam, but he also knows that tonight he is facing a historic player: “Mentally he is the greatest player he has ever been. Great fight. I’m a little disappointed from the start of the fifth set, but other than that it was a good game, we both left everything on the field. The second break in the last set was so unlucky, but it happens sometimes. Not only is he number one in the world, he showed tonight why “.
Djokovic’s opponent in the final, Danil Medvedev, did not have a hard time on the way to 0: 3 over Felix Oger Eliasim, and he will hope to win his first Grand Slam on the Serbian night’s festive night: “I do not really care about his record. It affects him. “He will feel the pressure a little bit. On the other hand, it will probably make him better in difficult moments.”