Dark Horse Djokovic Lurks at U.S. Open

by John on August 26, 2007

Get ready Flushing Meadows tennis fans. There is a new kid on the block. Surging Serb Novak Djokovic could shake things up at this year’s U.S. Open. With victories over No. 1 Roger Federer, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, and No.3 Andy Roddick two weeks ago at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Djokovic has established himself as a dark horse threat at the final Grand Slam tournament of the year. The 20-year-old Serb, now No. 3 in the world, has a huge serve and the all-court game to give anyone on the tour fits. Djokovic’s dismantling of Roddick, Nadal and Federer on back-to-back-to-back days in Montreal was pure genius. It’s the first time a player has pulled off the 1-2-3 feat in the same tournament since Boris Becker did it 13 years ago. While Federer is solidly entrenched at No. 1 (187 straight weeks at the top), Djokovic’s game has to give him cause for concern. The Swiss star didn’t just suffer a bad day in Montreal. The young Serb took it to him in a 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 victory. If the draw goes according to form, semifinal matchups would pit Djokovic against Nadal and Federer against Russian Nikolay Davydenko. Getting past Nadal would probably require a herculean effort by the Serb, so you’d have to think such a circumstance would favor Federer over a spent Djokovic in the finals. But the U.S. Open is not known for it’s predictability. I say let’s get ready for some real tennis. “Play.”

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