If Novak Djokovic achieves his dream record at the US Open, his motivation will be questioned – EXCLUSIVE.
EXCLUSIVE: Greg Rusedski feels Novak Djokovic has never been under as much pressure as he will be at the US Open in 2021.
At Flushing Meadows this month, Novak Djokovic is attempting to make history in more ways than one, but Greg Rusedski has questioned what the Serbian tennis legend’s next aim would be. When Roger Federer, then 27 years old, broke Pete Sampras’ Grand Slam record in 2009, it looked that no one could match the Swiss superstar.
Rafael Nadal was establishing himself as the ‘king of clay,’ but Djokovic was also proving his worth on the tour.
Following that, a spectacular decade of tennis ensued, in which all three men’s tennis titans have now won 20 Grand Slams each.
However, neither Federer nor Nadal will be competing in the US Open, allowing Djokovic to claim the title unchallenged.
And, after dominating 2021 so far, he is a strong favorite to win the men’s singles title.
The sole blemish on his calendar year was a semi-final loss to Alexander Zverev at the Tokyo Olympics.
The US Open, though, was always Djokovic’s major priority in his quest to become the first man to win the Calendar Grand Slam in the Open Era.
And former British No. 1 Rusedski believes that if Djokovic wins the US Open, he will break new ground.
Rusedski said, “Federer hasn’t done it, Nadal hasn’t done it.”
“The last person to do it was Rod Laver in 1969, before the Open era, and at the time, three of the surfaces were grass and one was clay.
“So for him [Djokovic] to do it in the same year is incredible – plus he breaks the record for most slams in men’s tennis and then he goes to his favorite Grand Slam in Australia, so he may go five or even six in a row.
“Coming in, he’ll be under the most pressure he’s ever been under in his career. There is a lot of pressure on him because he lost in the Olympics against Zverev, but he believes in himself, and Medvedev believes in himself.
“If he wins this one, he’ll have won 25 grand slams, the most of any player in history.”
Rusedski, on the other hand, believes Djokovic will have to work hard to find the extra incentive to play again. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”