Tallon Griekspoor will face Novak Djokovic within the second spherical of the 2021 US Open on Thursday. The Dutchman registered his maiden main-draw win at a Slam by beating Jan-Lennard Struff within the first spherical.
In a dialog with ATPtour.com forward of his conflict in opposition to Djokovic, Griekspoor spoke in regards to the problem of dealing with the Serb on a hardcourt. He additionally expressed admiration for Djokovic’s rise to the highest in an period dominated by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Griekspoor and Djokovic will play within the night session on Thursday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Dutchman known as it a “dream” to be taking part in on such an enormous stage, and asserted that he would look to get pleasure from himself.
“That’s actually loopy. It’s going to be actually, actually powerful. That’s most likely the most important problem in tennis for the time being, taking part in Novak on a hardcourt,” Griekspoor advised ATPTour.com. “However then again, it’s most likely going to be on Ashe, which is the most important tennis stadium on the earth. For this reason you practise as a child. That is what you dream of. It’s going to be actually powerful, however I’m going to get pleasure from it lots.”
Griekspoor went on to marvel at Djokovic’s dominance, noting how the Serb has outdone Federer and Nadal to personal most tennis information. The Dutchman additionally identified that Djokovic has been constantly sensible for a really very long time now.
“[I respect] the way in which he’s been on the high for therefore lengthy. Rafa and Roger had been there and he simply got here and mainly destroyed each report within the e-book,” Griekspoor mentioned. “The man has been so strong by way of the years, he has been so good for therefore lengthy. He’s only a legend of the sport. It’s going to be very powerful, however very thrilling as nicely.”
“It is such an honor to play these guys” – Tallon Griekspoor forward of his conflict in opposition to Novak Djokovic
Tallon Griekspoor has by no means confronted a member of the Large 3 on tour earlier than; Novak Djokovic is the primary amongst the trio that he’ll lock horns with. Griekspoor has confronted former Grand Slam champions Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, however not at a Main.
Throughout his dialog with ATP, the 25-year-old known as it an “honor” to play a member of the Large 3 in a stadium as prestigious as Arthur Ashe. Griekspoor went on to say that one of many principal causes he performs tennis is to get an opportunity to sq. off in opposition to gamers like Novak Djokovic within the huge occasions.
“I actually get pleasure from taking part in the massive guys on the massive courts. It’s such an honor to play these guys. They’re not going to be round for therefore lengthy,” Griekspoor mentioned. “For this reason you practise. For this reason you play tennis. For this reason I play tennis: to play on the massive courts in opposition to the legends of the sport. I’m actually trying ahead to that.”