US Open 2021 – Djokovic’s journey: Djoko is on a mission in New York where he aims for the calendar Grand Slam

1st round: A first set of lost

Opponent: Holger Rune (Denmark)
Score : 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
Duration: 2h15

The appetizer. After a convincing first set against the very willful Holger Rune, barely 18, the Serbian will experience his first slack of the fortnight in the second set. Crushed by the winning blows and the envy of the Danish hope, Djokovic will go on to concede his first US set in his first match. Nothing very alarming either, especially since it was necessary to go to the decisive game for the resident of the Mouratoglou academy. Too willful, too crazy, Rune, hit in the shoulder, does not yet know how to manage a match in three winning sets. After this second set, the one who came onto the court with an IKEA bag will completely disappear from the debate.

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2nd round: In cushy father mode

Opponent: Tallon Grieskspoor (Netherlands)
Score : 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
Duration: 1h39

It’s the only really quiet game for the Serbian at this US Open. Faced with a really limited opponent to evolve in a large table of a Grand Slam tournament, Djokovic will unfold his tennis for three rounds. Not much to remember from this meeting except that it is the only one of the fortnight to have been won without losing a single set by Djoko. It is also the shortest. A stroll.

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3rd round: Nishikori did not come as a victim

Adversaire: Kei Nishikori (Japon)
Score : 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Duration: 3h32

Kei Nishikori, a ready-made victim? Seven years after losing a somewhat improbable semi-final against the Japanese, with a wind to decorate an ox blowing the Arthur-Ashe stadium, Djokovic found the Japanese in New York. Nishikori, one of the favorite victims of the Djoker. In Tokyo, he had also scattered poor Kei in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament. In New York, the case is more robust: the Japanese produced beautiful tennis and greatly annoyed him for a set and a half. Then, the machine sets off for a victory in four rounds. This is the second longest game of this stint at Flushing.

It is not yet very big Djoko, but it was enough against Nishikori

Round of 16: A slap, then Djoko spanked

Opponent: Jenson Brooksby (United States)
Score : 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Duration: 2h59

This is the match where Djokovic suffered the most in terms of tennis. Completely surprised by the game against the American, very comfortable in long exchanges, like him, Djokovic will put a set and a half to solve the enigma he has in front. It must be said that Brooksby is a very unusual player, stuck somewhere between a Murray and a Medvedev on the technical level, coupled with a very positive US mentality. The Serbian will also cash a severe 6-1 in the first set, before raising the level considerably in the second act where he will send sacred exchanges with the Californian, who will drop flag after having made a break in the second round. Too tight physically, Brooksby will really lower the flag in the last two sets.

Djokovic stunned, Djokovic jostled, but Djokovic qualified: the summary of his match against Brooksby

Quarter-final: A set and the “Hammer” is broken

Opponent: Matteo Berrettini (Italy) / (6)
Score : 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
Duration: 3h27

It all happened in the first set. For his third meeting of the year against Djokovic in the Grand Slam, after the night-time quarter-final at Roland Garros, then the Wimbledon final, Matteo Berrettini will work hard to crush the world No. 1 with his power of fire. It is done from the first set that he will win with a score of 7-5. As at Wimbledon, the Roman is ahead. But, as at Wimbledon, it will pay dearly for this very energy-intensive entry. Flushed, he will just oppose in the last three sets. Djokovic is an unsolvable equation for him.

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Semi-final: Zverev, again too fair

Opponent: Alexander Zverev (Germany) / (4)
Score : 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6; 6-2
Duration: 3h34

This is probably the game Djokovic dreaded the most. Overthrown by the same Alexander Zverev in the semi-final of the Olympic tournament in Tokyo a month earlier, the Serbian knows that the 4th in the world is evolving to a different level than during their quarter-final played in February in Melbourne. Once again led by the score, Djokovic took advantage of a second set missed by Zverev to settle in his match. Shaken in the 3rd act, he will finally take it and clear the way to the final, even if Zverev will come back to two innings everywhere. Mentally, the taking of the 3rd act forges the future success of the Belgrade player.

Too uneven in such a mentally difficult match, the German will explode in the 5th round and let the Serbian slip away towards his 31st Grand Slam final. For Djokovic, this success opens wide the doors to the history of his sport. He just has to beat Daniil Medvedev in the final to pass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with a 21st Grand Slam, then achieve the second calendar Grand Slam in history after Rod Laver in 1969. Just that.

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