Novak Djokovic has the chance to win another Grand Slam as the main contenders start to drop away. Djokovic’s return from injury has been a slow one, but his famous stamina is gradually returning, allied with his exceptional talent.
The 13-time Grand Slam winner sweated his way to a 6-3 6-4 6-3 fourth round win over Joao Sousa as the heat returned to the US Open. He will play against John Millman for a place in the semi-final after the unseeded Australian defeated Roger Federer who failed to cope with the stifling conditions. After this shocking result Djokovic is the favorite to go all the way at Flushing Meadows. A look at the US Open finals betting odds shows that Djokovic is the favorite to win the tournament with Rafael Nadal close in second.
Djokovic’s return to the top of the sport has been downright miraculous when you look at just how far he had fallen over the past year and a half. Consider the Serb’s form at Indian Wells in March: having undergone elbow surgery at the beginning of the year, the two-time US Open champion (2011, 2015) looked so lost on the court that he was stunned by a No. 109-ranked qualifier, Japan’s Taro Daniel. Whether it was the physical setbacks or merely a spiritual walkabout, many wondered if one of the sport’s most dominant forces could ever regain his former machine-like form.
But Djokovic has sure silenced the critics. The Serb has had a good run-up to the the US Open this year. He has been silently pushing himself up the ATP rankings, having reached the quarterfinal of the French Open, the final of Queen’s club, winning Wimbledon and was simply dominant against Federer in Cincinnati.
If Djokovic claims his 14th slam then Nadal becomes catchable on 17, and maybe even Federer could be reeled in.