It was a fraternal duel between two Serbs. The favorite of the meeting was Novak Djokovic, but after the first game of the match it turned out to be different. Laslo Djere was on the verge of a sensation as he led Djokovic 2-0 in sets. Everything changed when Djokovic went to the locker room for a short break.
Although it’s hard to talk about a decline in form in the case of a player like Novak Djokovic, recent weeks have proved that the Serbian is short of breath and his game can be deciphered. This was proved by Hubert Hurkacz, who won a set with the Serb at this year’s Wimbledon. This was later confirmed by Carlos Alcaraz, beating Djokovic in the Wimbledon final and fighting him to death in the Cincinnati final. Now it was also shown by Laslo Djere, who was on the verge of throwing Novak Djokovic out of the ongoing US Open.
Laslo Djere and Novak Djokovic are Serbs. They are separated by 30 places in the ranking. However, in the match for the 1/8 finals of the US Open they played as equals. What’s more, it was Djere who had the upper hand. He was just one set away from defeating Djokovic after winning the first two sets 6-4. The audience went wild. The sensation was close. Then something happened that we can’t explain, but it worked. Novak Djokovic asked for a break and went to the locker room. When he came back, he was a different player. Djere was exhausted and Djokovic was gaining strength. Djokovic started to recover and eventually won the match in five sets – 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 1-6, 3-6.