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Djokovic Owns Americans—And Values Their Resurgence

By Richard Pagliaro | Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Don’t let his heart-sharing celebration and smiling selfies with followers idiot you.

Despite his post-match benevolence, the courtroom is Novak Djokovic’s octagon and he continues knocking out Americans.

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The 21-time Grand Slam champion has left an assortment of American males purple, white and bruised in his wake. Djokovic rides a 26-match successful streak towards American opponents into his Australian Open semifinal showdown towards American Tommy Paul.

Continuing his quest for a record-extending tenth AO championship, Djokovic is fueled by a 26-match successful streak in Melbourne Park, which equals the Open Era file set by Hall of Famer and former Novak teaching marketing consultant Andre Agassi.

The final time an American defeated Djokovic, Tom Brady was nonetheless a Patriot and Serena Williams would win Wimbledon.

It occurred two days earlier than the Fourth of July, 2016 when Sam Querrey slammed 31 aces scoring a seismic 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) Wimbledon third-round upset of reigning champion Djokovic on Court No. 1.

On that day, the Twenty eighth-seeded Querrey denied Djokovic’s bid for the calendar Grand Slam snapping the Serbian’s streak of 30 straight Grand Slam victories and ending his run of 4 consecutive main championships.

Since that defeat, Djokovic has crushed all U.S. comers. Djokovic has been untouchable towards Americans although Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, a North American, did upset the previous world No. 1 at Laver Cup in London final September. Djokovic denied a championship level defeating Sebastian Korda within the Adelaide International 1 last earlier this month to gather his 92nd profession title.

Still, Djokovic surveys an American rise that noticed Taylor Fritz defeat Rafael Nadal to win the 2022 Indian Wells, Frances Tiafoe topple Nadal en path to his maiden main semifinal on the US Open and Paul play among the most dynamic tennis of his profession to succeed in his first Grand Slam semifinal in Melbourne and understands why U.S. followers are excited for the longer term.

The 35-year-old Serbian celebrity says U.S. success and the American market is “extremely important” as a result of the nation hosts the US Open in addition to three Masters tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati. Djokovic says when Americans are taking part in significant matches it strengthens the game.

“We have some of the biggest tournaments in the world played there, in the North American continent,” Djokovic mentioned. “I think it is important that we see successful American men and women doing well.

“America is producing traditionally all the time high gamers. Now you could have a listing of perhaps 4 or 5 younger gamers which can be knocking on the door of the highest stage. I feel that is nice for our sport.

“We want to see young, successful players that are coming from big country like America, of course.”

In an all-American quarterfinal, the Thirty fifth-ranked Paul defeated 20-year-old NCAA champion Ben Shelton to succeed in his first main semifinal and turn out to be the primary American man since Andy Roddick in 2009 to succeed in the ultimate 4 at Melbourne Park.

Former No. 1 Roddick, who beat Djokovic in 5 of 9 conferences, is without doubt one of the few Americans with a successful file towards the nine-time AO champion.

The 2003 US Open champion Roddick stays the final American man to lift a Grand Slam singles title trophy.

The 25-year-old Paul says this present corp of American males are taking part in for themselves and one thing greater—to place U.S. males’s tennis again on the key map.

“Yeah, it’s important to me. American tennis is, since I was young, that’s all we’ve been hearing, since like 14 years old,” Paul mentioned. “The coaches have been telling us, We need new Americans, we need new Americans. It’s kind of engraved in my head.

“We all wish to carry out. Obviously Frances was fairly rattling shut at US Open to getting previous the semis. Who is aware of what would have occurred within the finals. Yeah, I imply, I feel all of us need it fairly dangerous for ourselves, however we wish it for U.S. tennis, too.”

The challenge Paul poses comes from his all-court acumen, quickness around the court, ability to take the ball on the rise and a strong kick serve that can help him set up first-strike chances.

Djokovic, who calls Paul “a really full participant,” is aiming to keep his AO winning streak and American dominance thriving down under.

“I understand how he performs. I by no means confronted him on the courtroom,” Djokovic said of Paul. “He’s been round for just a few years. I watched him play fairly a bit, particularly throughout this match. He’s been taking part in in all probability tennis of his life.

“Very explosive, very dynamic player. Quick, very solid backhand. Likes to step in, dictate the point with the forehand. Great, great service motion. I think he can hit all the spots with the serve. Very complete player. He’s got the coach that has been around with some top players for many years.

“First semifinals for him, so in fact he would not have a lot to lose. I’m certain he will exit making an attempt to play his greatest tennis.”

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