US Open Social Slice: Novak Djokovic battles; Emma Raducanu romps through
On today’s Social Slice, Novak Djokovic gets plenty of attention from past opponents, and Emma Raducanu continues her US Open fairy tale.
Twitter was well and truly alive while Djokovic was doing battle with American youngster Jenson Brooksby, particularly with compatriots of the 20-year-old.
Former world number seven Mardy Fish chimed in with his take on why not everyone loves the Serbian juggernaut, bringing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal into the conversation as always.
I feel like people don’t like @DjokerNole because he beats their favorite player all the time. People love Roger and Rafa so much he’s never going to be well liked for that. Nole will finish with 23+ slams. Embrace him!
— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) September 6, 2021
Andy Roddick gave his view on what it’s like facing Djokovic, always a tough and gruelling affair.
First he takes your legs ……. Then he takes your soul
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) September 7, 2021
To which world number 91 Tennys Sandgren responded as follows.
Or if you’ve played him enough he just starts with the soul
— Tennys Sandgren (@TennysSandgren) September 7, 2021
Djokovic and Sandgren have faced each other four times, with the American claiming just one set from those encounters.
British talent Emma Raducanu joined fellow teenagers Carlos Alcaraz and Leylah Fernandez in the last eight of their draws, and the 18-year-old was lapping up the occasion.
— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) September 7, 2021
Late into the night Maria Sakkari and Bianca Andreescu fought a marathon match which eventually saw Sakkari come out victorious, leaving fans present and on broadcasts astonished.
Impossible to capture the absurdity of this. It’s gone 2am. Most of the crowd has left. Andreescu is on one leg and STILL hitting winners on the run. Sakkari is trying desperately to cross the finish line and overcome some demons. #USOpen
— The Tennis Podcast (@TennisPodcast) September 7, 2021
— wta (@WTA) September 7, 2021
Sakkari becomes the first Greek player ever to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open, and was understandably emotional after securing the win.
All the emotions at 2 AM. pic.twitter.com/EnGd5gMvNy
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2021
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