Novak Djokovic’s mission will start soon. Winner of the Australian Open , Roland Garros , then Wimbledon , the Serbian has the opportunity to win the US Open and do what no one has managed to do in the Open era: the Grand Slam. With the absence of Rafael Nadal , Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem , Nole is the huge favorite of the last Grand Slam and the pressure is inevitably strong. Especially since his intervention concerning vaccination was particularly expected: a subject that could weaken him and add a little more pressure to him or even make him nervous.
“Whether or not someone wants to be vaccinated is entirely up to them. I hope it stays that way.”
During the media day , Djoko therefore mentioned vaccination and was rather cautious. “ I think it should always be a personal decision whether you want to get the shot or not. So I’m in favor of that. Whether or not someone wants to get the shot is entirely up to them. I hope . that it will stay that way, “he said. In the past, the Serb had been criticized for questioning the vaccination. Recently, it was Stefanos Tsitsipas who had been the target of criticism.
” A Grand Slam tournament without Roger and Rafa, I feel the pressure”
Nole of course returned to the pressure on his shoulders before the start of the tournament. “Obviously, I am aware of the great opportunity that awaits me. Especially since I have always played well in New York in recent years. This is probably the most spectacular court on the circuit and the public will be back. I can not wait to be there. To be honest, I’m really motivated to play my best tennis. But you have to hit one ball at a time, as they say. I have to stay in the present moment, follow my star. It’s a dream to win a title here that would complete the calendar Grand Slam. There is no doubt that this is a huge motivation. And, at the same time, I have to mentally manage all this expectation that I feel around me. A Grand Slam tournament without Roger or Rafa, I feel the pressure. But even if they are absent, there are many other talented players who are in a good period, like Zverev, Medvedev or Tsitsipas who I see as my main rivals for the title. But it’s a Grand Slam. A two-week best of three sets tournament. Everyone wants to shine in a Major and anything can happen.”