Which player would Djokovic LEAST want to face in USO final?

Which guy would Djokovic LEAST want to play in USO final?

  • Nadal (has winning H2H at USO)

    Votes: 13 11.7%
  • Medvedev (red hot HC player, defeated Nole at WTF)

    Votes: 43 38.7%
  • Zverev (defeated Nole at 2018 WTF and at OG)

    Votes: 40 36.0%
  • Stan (because Stan)

    Votes: 15 13.5%

  • Total voters
    111

James P

G.O.A.T.
Can't turn back the hands of time, so no reason to consider Stan tbh.

I think a healthy Thiem or Zverev or Medvedev are all about equal threats. If I was forced to rank them, I'd say a hot Medvedev > healthy Thiem > Zverev.
 
I wonder if Medvedev goes deep into Cincinnati or wins it, if he will be a bit gassed come US Open time. Zverev may be more of a threat if he can last for B of 5.
 

Biggest3

New User
Djoker couldn't care less which player will get destroyed in the final. He for sure will want Nadal just to humiliate him further and retire him once and for all.

No one will stop Djoker this decade, have fun.
 

Kralingen

Legend
It’s one of Zed or Med right now. Nadal and Stan are more likely to not even play USO right now let alone to make a final.

Zverev causes him more issues with power but also gives up more free points. It would depend on both players’ form at USO but I think Zverev would be the more dangerous match right now.
 

Adv. Edberg

Hall of Fame
Kyrgios I would think. Djoko has never taken a set off Kyrgios and is scared of him. Kyrgios would of course never make it to the final but maybe they can meet in r2 or something.

but then again, Djoko always gets the easy draw so won’t happen.
 

Midaso240

Hall of Fame
Zverev probably, but let's face it if Djokovic is playing well enough to get to the final he will be confident and will be the big favourite vs. anyone over 5 sets. He's much more vulnerable earlier in the tournament
 
Medvedev gets underrated too much. He’s a quality player on hard courts and certainly can win the us open. He’s Djokovic biggest threat alongside Zverev. I like Meddy too so if Djokovic doesn’t win I hope the Russian gets his first major title.
 
Both Zverev and medvedev are like co favourites with Djokovic to win us open. There’s hardly anything in it. Tsitsipas slightly further down. Then after no one else stands much chance to win it.
 

Tennisfan339

Professional
Zverev > Nadal > Medvedev > Wawrinka

Wawrinka hasn't played a match in 8 months and I'm not even sure he will play USO. He just had a surgery. But even if he does, I doubt he can reiterate and win a slam again. Very unlikely. I don't expect Djokovic to lose to Wawrinka in a slam ever again.

Medvedev has a similar game. Djokovic has the keys against him, the result of the match depends on him more. If he is more solid he will win and if he brings his A game in the final, Medvedev will be in troubles, as we saw in Australia. Medvedev would be much more dangerous in a SF but as we know, Seeds 1 and 2 can only meet in Final. Honestly if it's a Medvedev/Djokovic final, Djokovic will be favorite for me.

Nadal is still one of his 2-3 toughest opponents. And RG 2020 was only 1 year ago, even if it was clay and he beat him since then. If Nadal is in Final it means he isn't injured and will be as motivated as ever. And yeah, he is 1-2 in USO Finals. USO isn't like any other HC tournaments for these 2.
*PS: I highly doubt Nadal will play the final and not even sure he will play, at this point, But IF he is in Final, he will be a huge threat.

Zverev just humiliated him in a tournament Djokovic desperately wanted. It'll be somewhere in his head if they play the Final. + more generally, Zverev (unlike Medvedev) has the keys of the match against him. The result doesn't depend on him. The AO match was also very telling, Djokovic only won becasuse Zverev choked in set 3 and 4. If Zverev has 80% of first serves and his baseline game is as lethal as in Tokyo, I'm not even sure peak Djokovic can beat him. Though I also think he would rather play Zverev in a Final. He will wish Zverev is in Medvedev's part of the draw and he catches Tsitsipas in SF.
 
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Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Both Zverev and medvedev are like co favourites with Djokovic to win us open. There’s hardly anything in it. Tsitsipas slightly further down. Then after no one else stands much chance to win it.
No, I disagree on that, they are below him. Djokovic is the favorite to win it. However they are a solid joint second place. Kind of like how we had Nadal as the fav for RG and Djokovic a solid second fav.
 
No, I disagree on that, they are below him. Djokovic is the favorite to win it. However they are a solid joint second place. Kind of like how we had Nadal as the fav for RG and Djokovic a solid second fav.
I’m not sure. I think it’s 50-50. In Australia I’d agree with you. Although at us open Djokovic does not have the same aura of dominance. Medvedev or Zverev won’t fear Djokovic in New York. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.
 
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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
well stan is out...definitely Zverev or Medvedev. I voted Zverev because of his recent success vs Djoker
Agree that Sasha played well on that match. only problem is that Novak didn't play well in that match and also Sasha had tendency to choke in big time 5 set matches in grand slams. and if you prolong the match with 5 setters, sasha finds a way to choke and novak will jump on that like fly on fresh dung. :laughing:
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
I’m not sure. I think it’s 50-50. In Australia I’d agree with you. Although at us open Djokovic does not have the same aura of dominance. Medvedev or Zverev won’t fear Djokovic in New York. Will ge interesting to see how it plays out.
He's won all the slams this year, that alone creates fear, he has shown to be indestructible so far in best of five, for all this talk about him not being solid in NYC, keep in mind that RG is by far his worst slam and surface and he still took on a brutal draw there and took out the most in form clay players of the season in sucession to win there. He rightfully deserves to be the number one favorite. Zverev and Medvedev both lost their last slam finals, and both have been beaten by Djokovic multiple times in slams, with neither recording a win against him anywhere.

There is a big different in best of three and best of five. He is the top dog, he has 20 slams, he knows how to win these things, they don't yet. They are solid contenders, absolutely, and can walk away with the title, but they are not equals to Djokovic here, they are both unproven at this stage and it would be a little disrespectful to Djokovic who just equalled the slam record to have them right there at the top spot. They are both solid two....kind of like how Nadal was always number one at RG and Federer and Djokovic were the number two guys.
 
He's won all the slams this year, that alone creates fear, he has shown to be indestructible so far in best of five, for all this talk about him not being solid in NYC, keep in mind that RG is by far his worst slam and surface and he still took on a brutal draw there and took out the most in form clay players of the season in sucession to win there. He rightfully deserves to be the number one favorite. Zverev and Medvedev both lost their last slam finals, and both have been beaten by Djokovic multiple times in slams, with neither recording a win against him anywhere.

There is a big different in best of three and best of five. He is the top dog, he has 20 slams, he knows how to win these things, they don't yet. They are solid contenders, absolutely, and can walk away with the title, but they are not equals to Djokovic here, they are both unproven at this stage and it would be a little disrespectful to Djokovic who just equalled the slam record to have them right there at the top spot. They are both solid two....kind of like how Nadal was always number one at RG and Federer and Djokovic were the number two guys.
Fair analysis bro. Yeah you make a lot of good points there.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Fair analysis bro. Yeah you make a lot of good points there.
While you are correct about the gap being closer in NYC than it is in Melbourne, there is still and righftully so, some daylight between where Djokovic stands and ehere the Med/Zed duo stand as far as favs for USO. Of course, Novak is no lock, but should be seen as the number one guy. Lets leave it at that. :)
 
Medvedev for sure. He looks like he's gaining big time confidence right now and with novak having poor preparation going into the Open, medvedev will beat him in straight sets if they play
Yes. Medvedev would beat him in straight sets. Much like he did in the AO final this year. Straight sets brother.
 

duaneeo

Legend
Wawrinka is the player who Djokovic never wants to face in a slam final, but he's not competing at the US Open.

Of the other choices, I think Nole would rather face a NextGen in the USO final than Nadal.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
well stan is out...definitely Zverev or Medvedev. I voted Zverev because of his recent success vs Djoker
gotta be these two. somebody said PCB...funny but, yeah kinda although i think it's just as likely novak would raise his game and crush him. kyrgios...i mean, fat chance of him getting that far but if he somehow got through and wasn't hurt, yeah i think he could make things interesting. stan...sure but same deal, a lot would have to go right for him going in.

making this list sure does make me realize novak's got a darn good shot to win this.
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
Which of the following four guys do you think Djokovic would LEAST want to face at USO? Explain your answer.
Zverev. Nadal can't beat Djokovic off clay and Medvedev has no weapons to hurt Djokovic. Zverev is erratic but his peak level (if sustained for a whole match) can beat Djokovic.
 
Wawrinka is the player who Djokovic never wants to face in a slam final, but he's not competing at the US Open.

Of the other choices, I think Nole would rather face a NextGen in the USO final than Nadal.
Nadal? Guy who has not taken a set off Djokovic on HC in like what? 8 years? Same Nadal that Djokovic beat in his pet slam? That Nadal?
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Zverev by FAR.
  • Medvedev doesn't have the game as we saw in AO 2021.
  • Nadal likely won't play.
  • Stan is ALREADY OUT.
All that said, even Zverev might win 1 set vs Novak in a slam final. If it's Med or Titsp - expect a STRAIGHT set victory for the World #1.
 

fundrazer

Legend
He's won all the slams this year, that alone creates fear, he has shown to be indestructible so far in best of five, for all this talk about him not being solid in NYC, keep in mind that RG is by far his worst slam and surface and he still took on a brutal draw there and took out the most in form clay players of the season in sucession to win there. He rightfully deserves to be the number one favorite. Zverev and Medvedev both lost their last slam finals, and both have been beaten by Djokovic multiple times in slams, with neither recording a win against him anywhere.

There is a big different in best of three and best of five. He is the top dog, he has 20 slams, he knows how to win these things, they don't yet. They are solid contenders, absolutely, and can walk away with the title, but they are not equals to Djokovic here, they are both unproven at this stage and it would be a little disrespectful to Djokovic who just equalled the slam record to have them right there at the top spot. They are both solid two....kind of like how Nadal was always number one at RG and Federer and Djokovic were the number two guys.
Indestructible but basically needed Musetti and Tsitsipas to both fade at RG. Could maybe say the same for Fritz.

He's the favorite sure, but he's vulnerable.
 

Pandaman

Rookie
Zverev > Nadal > Medvedev > Wawrinka

Wawrinka hasn't played a match in 8 months and I'm not even sure he will play USO. He just had a surgery. But even if he does, I doubt he can reiterate and win a slam again. Very unlikely. I don't expect Djokovic to lose to Wawrinka in a slam ever again.

Medvedev has a similar game. Djokovic has the keys against him, the result of the match depends on him more. If he is more solid he will win and if he brings his A game in the final, Medvedev will be in troubles, as we saw in Australia. Medvedev would be much more dangerous in a SF but as we know, Seeds 1 and 2 can only meet in Final. Honestly if it's a Medvedev/Djokovic final, Djokovic will be favorite for me.

Nadal is still one of his 2-3 toughest opponents. And RG 2020 was only 1 year ago, even if it was clay and he beat him since then. If Nadal is in Final it means he isn't injured and will be as motivated as ever. And yeah, he is 1-2 in USO Finals. USO isn't like any other HC tournaments for these 2.
*PS: I highly doubt Nadal will play the final and not even sure he will play, at this point, But IF he is in Final, he will be a huge threat.

Zverev just humiliated him in a tournament Djokovic desperately wanted. It'll be somewhere in his head if they play the Final. + more generally, Zverev (unlike Medvedev) has the keys of the match against him. The result doesn't depend on him. The AO match was also very telling, Djokovic only won becasuse Zverev choked in set 3 and 4. If Zverev has 80% of first serves and his baseline game is as lethal as in Tokyo, I'm not even sure peak Djokovic can beat him. Though I also think he would rather play Zverev in a Final. He will wish Zverev is in Medvedev's part of the draw and he catches Tsitsipas in SF.
I agree with everything you said except for suggesting Zverev controls his destiny and referencing one side of the AO and Olympics. At the AO, Djokovic wasn't practicing on off days up to the QFs bc of injury, his status was still up in the air, and he was still in pain during the match. He did say he felt better as the match went on, but it was not like it was vs Medvedev ("almost pain free"), and he played 3 matches of 3-3.5 hours in a row prior. That result might not have even been 4 sets had Novak been 100%.

There are two sides to every story. The circumstances matter. Other than that, I think very highly of Zverev, unlike a lot of ppl here, and him and Medvedev are definitely the biggest threats. Zverev def has more control than others.
 
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Magneto89

New User
I went with Med since he's building momentum, especially with his recent win at the National Bank Open

Zverev will have more confidence with his win over Novak at the Olympics, but can he do that in a best of 5 remains to be seen

Rafa just doesn't have the match fitness right now to challenge Novak. If he was healthy though then he would be a solid choice
 

duaneeo

Legend
You need to adjust your reading skills. I said on HC period. Never mentioned slams. Who is the rookie now?
That is still you. BO3 HC results and BO5 HC results are totally different things...especially when the BO5 HC is the US Open, where Nole's record is 2-5 in the last 8 years, and is 3-5 in finals.

I am sure Novak is shaking in his boots at a thought of meeting Nadal at the USO21.
More so than meeting a NextGen in the final. Attempting to win the CYGS at the slam that has always been difficult for him, Nole will be facing tremendous pressure. Who is more likely to take advantage of a pressured/struggling Nole in the US Open final...Nadal or a NextGen?
 

Enceladus

Legend
Kyrgios I would think. Djoko has never taken a set off Kyrgios and is scared of him. Kyrgios would of course never make it to the final but maybe they can meet in r2 or something.

but then again, Djoko always gets the easy draw so won’t happen.
Are you kidding? o_O In fact, Kyrgios is afraid of Djoker, he afraid from of the crushing defeat that Djoker would inflict on him for all the BS claims Kyrgios has said about him. Kyrgios has already deliberately lost a several matches, when there was a possibility of a next match with Djoker. :mad:
 

NAS

Hall of Fame
Med / Zverev both are dangerous and Novak surely don't want to face them before semi.
Depend on Rafa, if Rafa is not playing then Zverev is fourh seed.
In that case if Tsits in semi means only one of Zverev / Med in final or there may be upset in qf to take out one of the Tsits, Zverev or Med.
 
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