Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

‘Novak Djokovic has waited a long time for this moment,’ analyst urges Serb to stay calm against Alexander Zverev

Alex Corretja has urged Novak Djokovic to ‘calm down’ against Alexander Zverev, though admits the Serbian always finds another level when it truly matters.

After his imperious form in 2021, Djokovic is just two matches away from becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the Calendar Slam.

However, standing in his way is the in-form Alexander Zverev, who crushed Djokovic’s hopes of Olympic gold in Tokyo and is currently enjoying a 16-match unbeaten streak.

Whilst Corretja feels the German will be boosted by beating Djokovic in Tokyo, the Spaniard does not think their previous meeting will have a bearing in New York.

“It can help Zverev in the way that when you have beaten someone recently, you feel like you can do it again,” Corretja told Eurosport.

“But this is a totally different story as this is best of five and this is a Grand Slam. Zverev has not won one. Novak has 20.

“It could just give Zverev a bit of hope but Novak is more experienced in these sorts of matches.”

The former world number two also suggested that Zverev’s recent victory in Tokyo could relieve some pressure off the Serbian, who will know he can’t afford to make any mistakes.

“The fact Zverev beat him in the Olympics maybe takes a bit of pressure off Novak, knowing that he needs to go in thinking ‘I have to go in at 100 percent and I cannot relax and be overconfident’.

“I think it will be a tight match, but I feel Novak has something extra as when he faces these moments he always raises his level.”

“He beat [Matteo] Berrettini and raised his level, against Zverev he will have to raise it again. It is the toughest moment for him. It is all or nothing.

“He has been waiting a long time for this moment and needs to calm down, think about what he wants to do and go for it as it might be one of the moments of his life.”


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