In the first round of the US Open 2021 men’s singles, Novak Djokovic beat Holger Rune after 4 sets, with the final score of 6-1 6-7 6-2 6-1. Basically the Serb world no.1 dominated the challenge, apart from a missed pass in the third set, won at the tie break by his opponent.
As we all know, Djokovic is in New York to rewrite the history of modern tennis: should he win the title on the Flushing Meadows hard-courts, he would become the first player since Rod Laver and Don Budge to complete the Grand Slam.
Not only that: triumphing at the US Open, the Serb would also become the most successful tennis player in the history of the Slams, with 21 titles, leaving behind (for the moment) Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, stuck at 20 Majors.
But being the GOAT doesn’t necessarily mean being the most loved tennis player. The feeling that Nole has with and crazy, who have often preferred Federer and Nada, is always very fluctuating and complicated. And in New York things have not changed, for example, compared to the Wimbledon final, when the crowd constantly praised Matteo Berrettini.
It almost seems like a style to be necessarily being against Djokovic for some crowds: as if it were a favor done to Roger and Rafa. Always cheer against the enemy. But Nole cannot be the enemy. Djokovic is the greatest tennis player of all time.
He may not have the grace of Federer and the brutal power of Nadal, but he is breaking all their records.
Even at the US Open the crowd is against Novak Djokovic
In the match they won against Holger, the New York crowd cheered the overwhelming majority for the young Danish tennis player, always shouting: Rune, Rune.
Nole himself was a little disappointed by the attitude of the crowd, saying after the match: “Sure it would be nice to have the audience on your side, especially in the biggest stadium in the world, but it’s not always possible.
There really isn’t much. more to say. I try to concentrate mainly on myself.” In the last two sets, Holger had a physical problem, and Nole, as a great champion he is, still consoled his opponent: “Unfortunately there is not much to say about the last two sets he was barely able to move.
a really difficult situation when cramps come and you can’t get treated and you have to keep playing. As far as I’m concerned, I had a huge drop in my serve in the second set, the first one didn’t fit anymore. These things happen in match d debut: he’s always a little nervous, there’s a bit of rust to take off.
But credit to him, he played well, he had the support of the crowd, and it was certainly a very useful experience. ” Meanwhile crowd or no crowd, Novak Djokovic took another useful step towards the US Open final, probably the most important moment in his sporting life.
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.