Novak Djokovic Stages Remarkable Comeback, Overcoming Two-Set Deficit to Advance to US Open Fourth Round
Novak Djokovic Stages Sensational Comeback to Keep 24th Major Title Quest Alive at US Open
Novak Djokovic, at the age of 36, remains on his quest to equal the record of 24 major titles. He achieved a remarkable victory in New York, overcoming a 4-6, 4-6 deficit to ultimately win 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. This marks the eighth occasion in Djokovic’s illustrious career where he has fought back from a two-set deficit to secure a win.
Reflecting on how he managed his comeback, Djokovic humorously shared, “I did a pep talk in the mirror. It worked.” He continued, “I laughed at myself because I was so agitated and annoyed with the game. I had to force myself to lift my spirits.”
Three-time US Open champion Djokovic is determined to match Australian legend Margaret Court’s record of major wins. His next challenge in the tournament will be facing Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo in the last 32. Gojo, currently ranked 105th in the world, continued his remarkable run at Flushing Meadows with a convincing 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Czech player Jiri Vesely.
Djokovic’s Resilience Shines Through in US Open Victory Over Djere”
Novak Djokovic, widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, showcased his remarkable tenacity and recovery skills in a challenging match against 25-year-old Laslo Djere at the US Open. Djokovic, seeded second behind Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz, entered the tournament as a top contender for the title. His half of the draw further opened up after several top seeds were eliminated, strengthening his position as a favorite for the championship.
Djere, ranked 38th in the world, made a strong start, breaking Djokovic’s serve in the first game of the match and capitalizing on his opponent’s sluggishness. Employing effective drop shots, Djere maintained his lead in the opening set and secured a crucial break in the second, making an upset seem more plausible.
However, facing a player of Djokovic’s caliber, the match was far from decided. The turning point came when Djokovic broke Djere’s serve at the beginning of the third set, with a remarkable 26-shot rally on break point. Djokovic’s intensity escalated as he raced through the set and continued to dominate in the fourth.
Although the fourth set began with three consecutive breaks of serve, Djokovic, renowned for his exceptional return game, secured the next four games against a fatigued Djere. When Djokovic took a 3-0 lead in the deciding set, it appeared that the match would conclude swiftly.
However, Djere displayed remarkable resilience and refused to succumb easily. Djokovic had to fend off a break point at 5-3 and faced match point nervously during a tense baseline exchange. He ultimately capitalized on his second chance, securing victory at 01:32 local time.
Acknowledging Djere’s exceptional performance, Djokovic applauded his opponent, saying, “It was one of the toughest matches I’ve played here in many years. Huge, huge credit to Laslo for playing some of the best tennis I’ve ever seen him play.