Novak Djokovic will take on Denmark qualifier Holger Ron in the opening round of the US Open on Tuesday to try to complete the calendar year’s Grand Slam. The Serb also won the men’s record 21st Grand Slam title.
New York’s victory would mean that Djokovic would become only the third man, and the first since Rod Lever in 1969, to host all four major teams in the same year, having already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2021. Has won
Djokovic will also have to go through great rivals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal – who are tied for world number one in 20 Grand Slams – as the pair are not competing in the Flushing Meadows due to knee and foot injuries.
“Honestly, I’m excited to play my best tennis. Djokovic said I have to hit one ball at a time.
“I’m very impressed and impressed by it. At the same time I know how to balance things mentally. Without my participation here without Rafa and Roger, I feel it. I know a lot. There are people who expect good from me.
“At the same time, despite the absence of Roger and Rafa, you still have great quality tennis players who are potentially hot.”
Djokovic could face tough tests with a possible clash with the tournament’s big test taker Matthew Beretini and 2020 runner-up Alexander Zverev, but Ron believes he also has a big surprise game.
“At first my heart was like a wow,” the 18-year-old said of the draw. “It was kind of crazy.” He’s an incredible player, he’s a legend, so it’ll be fun for me.
“I’m sure I have the level to play with everyone on the tour, so it’s going to be a really interesting match.
“I’m a real fighter on the court … he’s number one in the world and I’m not even in the top 100 yet but I really want to do my best.”
In the other matches of the second round, Xavier will face local favorite Sam Query, while on the women’s side, Wimbledon champion Ash Barty will face Russia’s Vera Zonareva.
Olympic champion Belinda Bench started bidding for her first Grand Slam title against Orentaxa Russia of the Netherlands, while former US Open winner Bianca Andresco is up against Victoria Golobuk.