After withdrawing from the Cincinnati Open, Novak Djokovic discusses his strategy ahead of the US Open.
After a long 2021 season so far, Novak Djokovic intends to take some time off to recuperate and rejuvenate.
Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, which is set to take place next week, in order to give himself extra recuperation time in preparation for the US Open at Flushing Meadows. The world number one is the defending champion of the Cincinnati tournament and is pursuing a calendar-year Grand Slam.
Djokovic has had an incredible year so far, winning all three major tournaments on different surfaces. He is the first person to do so since Rod Laver completed the coveted single-season Grand Slam in 1969.
The Serb struggled in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as he attempted to complete the uncommon ‘Golden Slam,’ which entails winning the Olympic gold medal as well as four Grand Slam titles in the same year.
Despite seeming near indestructible during the season, he was unable to win a medal at the games, falling in the semi-finals to Alexander Zverev before losing in the bronze medal match to Spaniard Pablo Carreo Busta.
In the match, Djokovic was defeated 6-4 6-7 6-3, and he was visibly irritated with his performance.
He withdrew from the bronze medal match in the mixed doubles competition, which he was playing with Nina Stojanovic, after that defeat.
Djokovic mentioned the games as the reason for his extended hiatus before the US Open, announcing his withdrawal from the Western and Southern Opens on social media.
Last year’s edition of the competition was won by the Serb, despite the fact that it was held at Flushing Meadows as part of the pandemic’s modifications.
“I’m taking a little longer to recover after a lengthy flight from the Australian Open to Tokyo,” Djokovic said.
“Unfortunately, this means I won’t be able to compete in Cincinnati this year, so I’ll be focusing on the US Open and spending more time with my family instead. I’m looking forward to seeing you in New York soon!”
After appearing shockingly human in Japan, the 34-year-old blamed exhaustion for his failure in the final stages of the Olympic game.
“I just didn’t deliver yesterday and today,” he remarked after the bronze medal match. Tennis has fallen in quality. “Brinkwire Summary News” is also due.