Djokovic is still U.S. Open favourite, says Zverev

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Alexander Zverev believes world number one, Novak Djokovic remains the favourite for the upcoming U.S. Open in spite the German backing up his Olympic gold medal with victory in Cincinnati.
The German world number four defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets on Sunday to win the Western and Southern Open, claiming his fourth title of the ATP season.
The 2021 U.S. Open begins on Aug. 30 with Dominic Thiem, who defeated Zverev in 2020 final, withdrawing from the men’s draw along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Their absence have opened up an opportunity for the in-form Zverev to have a run at the title but the German insisted Djokovic is the player to beat.
“I do think that he’s still the favourite,” Zverev told reporters after his win in Cincinnati.
“I do think he’s going to be playing incredible tennis there. He’s going to be fresh, and I think there is also other guys that are in very good form.
“I think Rublev is in very good form, [Daniil] Medvedev, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, all those guys are playing great tennis.
“It’s definitely going to be an interesting U.S. Open. But I’m also looking forward to it, because I know where I stand, I know how I’m playing, and I hope I can continue the work and hopefully play even better in New York.”
Djokovic has not played since Tokyo 2020, where he lost his bronze medal match to Pablo Carreno Busta after his semi-final defeat to Zverev.
The Serbian world number one opted to withdraw from the mixed doubles’ semi-final afterwards, citing a left shoulder injury.

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