By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday July 16, 2023
Novak Djokovic has by no means been one to draw back from a rivalry.
Deliver on the US Open.
The 23-time main champion is hoping to exhibit what he discovered from at the moment’s powerful loss to Carlos Alcaraz later this summer time because the Grand Slam scene shifts to Flushing Meadows, the house of the US Open. By no means one to draw back from a problem, 36-year-old Djokovic says he seems ahead to crossing paths with Alcaraz once more.
“I hope we get to play in US Open. Why not?” he stated. “I believe it is good for the game, 1 and a pair of on the planet dealing with one another in virtually a five-hours, five-set thriller. Could not be higher for our sport normally, so why not?”
Djokovic had nothing however reward for Alcaraz, who’s the youngest Wimbledon males’s singles champion in 37 years, after the ultimate.
“Wonderful poise within the necessary moments,” he stated of Alcaraz. “For somebody of his age to deal with the nerves like this, be taking part in attacking tennis, and to shut out the match the best way he did.”
When requested if he felt that at the moment’s closing may mark the start of a giant rivalry between himself and Alcaraz, Djokovic says he hopes it’s the case, however added that he does not know the way lengthy he’ll be round to play issues out.
“I’d hope so, for my sake,” he stated. “He’ll be on the tour for fairly a while. I do not know the way lengthy I will be round.
“Let’s examine. It has been solely three matches that we performed in opposition to one another. Three actually shut matches. Two already this 12 months in later phases of Grand Slams.”