Novak Djokovic says next week’s Australian Open is wide open and while bookmakers see the seven-times champion as the hot favorite the Serb expects the current crop of young talent to push for glory at the season’s opening Grand Slam.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic battled through a stirring challenge from rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov on Friday to propel his country into the semi-finals of the inaugural ATP Cup team event in Sydney with a 4-6 6-1 7-6(4) victory.
Rafa Nadal survived a heroic Daniil Medvedev fightback to claim an epic 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 win and a fourth US Open title on Sunday, moving within one Grand Slam crown of matching Roger Federer’s record of 20.
Diego Schwartzman may have been the smallest player in 25 years to reach the US Open quarter-finals, but gave Rafa Nadal a big fight and forced the Spaniard to grind out a 6-4 7-5 6-2 win on Wednesday to reach the last four at Flushing Meadows.
Serena Williams survived a second-round scare at the US Open on Wednesday with a 5-7 6-3 6-1 win over American wildcard Catherine McNally to keep alive her hopes of securing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.
Novak Djokovic was all set to cruise into the U.S. Open as hot favourite but a semi-final defeat at the Cincinnati Masters last week has at least given hope to his challengers that the world number one is not invincible.
Raven Klaassen of South Africa and his New Zealand partner, Michael Venus, will be in second round doubles action at the Italian Open tennis tournament on Wednesday.
Hosts Spain were handed a difficult draw as they were placed in what looks like by far the toughest group for this year’s inaugural Davis Cup Finals at a ceremony in Madrid on Thursday.
South African tennis ace, Kevin Anderson, has moved up one place to number five on the ATP world rankings.
Drained Novak Djokovic admitted he “didn’t feel so great” after surviving a physical fourth-round examination against 15th seed Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open.