Djokovic Remains Wary Ahead of Grand Slam Feat

Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2019
Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2019. Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/Shutterstock (10334028ag)

ATP world number one Novak Djokovic is through to the final of the US Open, having defeated Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in what was a tight semi-final encounter on Friday. Djokovic is now set to face second seed Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final on Sunday.

Should he defeat his Russian-born opponent in the final at Flushing Meadows, Djokovic will be able to break two records. He will become the first men’s singles player to win a calendar-year Grand Slam since 1969, as well as break the record for most career Grand Slam titles. Djokovic currently ties with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slams each.

During the post-match press conference after his semi-final victory, Djokovic was hesitant to express joy over his victory, instead referring to a Kobe Bryant quote after the Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-0 series lead in the 2009 NBA Finals.

“It’s his famous interview where he said, ‘Why should I be happy right now? Job is not done,'” Djokovic said. The Serbian national further explained that he has the motivation and excitement to take on his opponent and potentially make history in the process.