Jenson Brooksby: ‘I 100% believed I could win’ against Novak Djokovic
Jenson Brooksby lost to Novak Djokovic at US Open last 16, however the 20-year-old produced a memorable performance.
Brooksby produced a flawless first set to win it 6-1 against a below-par Djokovic. The world number one soon found his stride, responding brilliantly to take set two, before running away with the last two sets comfortably.
The American feels he belongs at the top and has immense self belief from his training and matches against top players.
“Yeah, I mean, I think that comes from definitely more training, but most importantly other match situations against other guys and stuff also, just the whole process of it,” Brooksby said.
Brooksby insisted he fully believed he could beat Djokovic in the lead-up, and insisted he reached the required level to beat the Serb but ultimately fell short physically.
“Leading up to it, I 100% believed I could win, like, against anybody,” Brooksby said. “I thought I showed that with the level I could produce out there. Unfortunately, yeah, physically got a little tougher.”
The 20-year-old credited Djokovic for upping his level from set two onwards, but Brooksby was disappointed he didn’t have the fitness to continue his level of performance in sets three and four.
“But no, I mean, I can’t really say too much, but I did do it from the start and I could see it working. I really did have a lot of confidence in myself out there that I can beat him, I can beat anybody.”
“Yeah, I think definitely the movement affected that throughout the rest of the match, but not as an excuse,” the American added. “Credit to him for also stepping it up a little.”
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