“Novak Djokovic was easily defeated at the US Open” Reilly Opelka fired sly shots at the Serb praising Rafael Nadal for his win in Australia

Reilly Opelka and Novak Djokovic
Reilly Opelka and Novak Djokovic

Number 1 of the World Novak Djokovic had one of the most dominant and outstanding individual Grand Slam seasons last year as he reached the finals of all 4 Grand Slams and except US Open 2021, he won titles in the remaining three majors to finish with a 27-1 record in last year’s Grand Slam matches. The run also saw him catching up with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal into 20 Slams each at the end of the 2021 season.

Novak started the 2021 season with 17 majors to his name but by the end of July 2021, he had matched Federer and Nadal in a total of 20 majors. He had a golden opportunity at the US Open to become the man with the most Slams and also achieved the very rare Slam Calendar (winning all majors in 1 calendar year). However, it doesn’t mean to be number 2 in the world Daniil Medvedev beat Djokovic in consecutive sets to claim his first big win but turned down his 21st Djokovic.

As Novak waits to find out if he can make it to the remaining 3 Slams of the season as he is not allowed to attend. 2022 Australian OpenWorld No. 20 Reilly Opelka talked about the dominant players in the Tournament he wants to follow after winning his 3rd Tour title last week at 2022 Dallas open.

“In the last Grand Slam tournaments, I lost against very strong players. Medvedev, Shapovalov, then Lloyd Harris opened fire on me. No one but Nadal could beat Medvedev, even Novak was easily defeated at the US Open. I always think I have to improve. I want to serve better, I want to be stronger and faster. In two or three years, I hope to be able to say that I have improved a lot in what I did well today.” Opelka said in an interview with Ubitennis.

Reilly Opelka chases No. 4 title this week

Reilly Opelka
Reilly Opelka with the trophy won in Dallas

Opelka is the second seed at the ongoing competition 2022 Delray Beach opens where he was said goodbye in the first round and will now face Jack Sock in the second round. Sock entered the match with a win in 3 sets Daniel Altmaier. Opelka is a strong contender for this week’s title as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Masters events in March at Indian Wells and Miami.

Also read: “Rafael Nadal has a tennis court in his garden and no one calls him spoiled” Jo-Wilfried Tsonga spoke out in the media for calling the French players ‘spoiled’

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