The 135th edition of the US Open is just around the corner! Roger Federer and Andy Murray will be good odds to go all the way, but here are five reasons Novak Djokovic will add to his eight grand slam titles:
Fresh off his win over Roger Federer at Wimbledon, the Serbian has momentum on his side. Djokovic has the ability to endure tough circumstances when the odds are firmly stacked against him. His mental toughness and ‘hang in there’ determination is what makes him so difficult to beat, especially when playing (and beating) greats like Federer.
With Boris Becker, winner of the US Open in 1989, on his side as his coach, Djokovic is unstoppable. 5 grand slam titles and ten ATP tour championships speak for themselves. His current season record of 48-3 is incredible, with his only defeats coming against Ivo Karlovic, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.
Age is definitely on Djokovic’s side. At 28, he is reaching the peak of his game and seems to only be getting better. Whereas Federer, turning 34 in August, may have seen his career culminate with his 2012 win at Wimbledon.
4) Nadal Injury Woes
In the last five US Open tournaments, there have been four different winners (Del Potro, Djokovic, Nadal, Cilic) with only Nadal winning twice. However, with the Spaniard struggling to get over his injuries and sliding to number 10 in the world, this could play into Djokovic’s hands.
5) Hard Court Surface
Djokovic won the US Open in 2011 and has won the Australian Open five times (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015). These tournaments are all held on a hard court. With the US Open also being held on a hard surface, the odds are stacked in his favor.
All that’s left to say is Game, Set, and Match Djokovic.