‘Novak Djokovic looks like a triathlete right now’, says former ATP star

The brilliant look of the tennis scoring system means that you always have to win the last point to claim victory. Until you do that, your opponent always has a chance, even if he is far behind. With margins in the sport so small, the pace of matches can change rapidly, especially in the face of a raucous crowd, which can drag a player into a crash when all seems lost. Last week, ATPTour.com examined the best ATP Tour rivalries of the season. Now, continuing our review of the 2021 season, we’ll reflect on the most memorable comebacks from the ATP Tour matches of 2021, before turning to the best Grand Slam comebacks of 2021 starting on Wednesday. 5) Miami Open presented by Itau, CF, Hubert Hurkacz d. Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Earlier this season, Hubert Hurkacz captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Miami Open presented by Itaú, beating Jannik Sinner in the final. However, just three days earlier, the Pole trailed Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-6, 0-2, 15/40 in the quarterfinals, struggling to find consistency from the baseline against the Greek, who had won seven of his last eight games. Hurkacz entered the clash losing the ATP Head2Head series 1-6 between them, and looked on the brink of another loss to the world No. 4. However, the 24-year-old crucially defended himself from two break points to stay 0-2 of the second set as he served with more power and effectively closed the net to stop Tsitsipas’ momentum. The Pole then began to return more aggressively, forcing Tsitsipas to back down and make mistakes. Additionally, he won six of seven games to even the match. With renewed confidence and faith, Hurkacz continued to attack in the decider and broke at 2-2 after firing multiple passings off Tsitsipas. Novak Djokovic has had a scintillating 2021 season. The Serb captured three Grand Slam titles this year, unfortunately, missed out at the Flushing Meadows. It’s remarkable to see that even at the age of 34, Djokovic is dominating the sport.

Nole captured three Grand Slam titles 

Former Russian tennis player Dmitry Tursunov believes Novak Djokovic will end up with the highest number of Grand Slam titles. “I find it hard to assume that Novak won’t win another Grand Slam. He will break the record for the number of wins, that’s not a problem for him. Roger has very little chance of winning another Major, given his age, style of play and condition. Rafa’s game is too energy-intensive, he plays every game like it’s the last. Considering his age and health, this is a disadvantage,” Tursunov said. “The three complement each other. Djokovic has become such a strong player thanks to Federer and Nadal. He tried to find ways to overcome them, and he relied on physical preparation. He looks like a triathlete right now, he’s very meticulous,” Tursunov added.

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