- Novak Djokovic beat 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby in a 4-set battle at the US Open.
- Djokovic delayed his post-match interview to let Brooksby get an ovation from the crowd.
- Djokovic joined the applause and praised Brooksby’s game afterward.
Jenson Brooksby earned Novak Djokovic’s respect with a hard-fought, four-set battle at the U.S. Open.
The 20-year-old American, currently ranked 99th in the world, won his first set over Djokovic, 6-1, immediately putting the No. 1 men’s tennis player’s back against the wall.
From there, Djokovic battled back and showed why he is currently chasing a Grand Slam, grinding down Brooksby with his defense and returns, showing off his far superior fitness level. Djokovic won 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
After the match, Djokovic showed his appreciation for Brooksby’s effort. As Brooksby packed his bags, Djokovic waited off to the side, delaying his post-match interview in front of an enthused New York crowd.
At one point, Djokovic offered a grin, perhaps as a hint to Brooksby to move along. Even still, Djokovic waited, then joined the crowd in a huge ovation for Brooksby.
After the match, Djokovic praised Brooksby, saying he expects to see more of the first-year pro in the future.
“We’re going to see a lot of him in the future,” Djokovic said, via ESPN. “I mean, he has the means. Now, obviously, a lot of things have to come together. But he has a bit of an unorthodox game. Does a lot with the feel. He’s smart. He knows how to win points.”
Brooksby can learn a lot from a man now three matches away from winning all four majors this year and passing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most majors of all time — including grace in victory.