Emma Raducanu’s former coach says he is ‘immensely proud’
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Novak Djokovic has been urged to help Emma Raducanu make this year’s US Open the most memorable of all time. Raducanu became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam when she beat Leylah Fernandez in the women’s final on Saturday night.
Djokovic is looking to follow suit by cementing his place as the greatest male tennis player of all time.
It is rare that both finals at the same Major have such history and records riding on them.
But world No 1 Djokovic is hunting his 21 Grand Slam title, which would take him clear of the tally he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Amazon Prime tennis pundit Daniel Hantuchova wants Djokovic to win so that this year’s event will be remembered forever.
“I think it would be just the right way to finish it off with history being made,” she said.
“Everything that Emma has created last night it would be nice for Novak to finish it off to make a very special day in tennis history.”
Fellow pundit Greg Rusedski agreed that Djokovic and Raducanu both winning the title would be epic.
“Looking back at this tournament, it has been one of the best US Opens I can remember,” Rusedski said.
“Emma coming from nowhere to win has been the story throughout and now we are looking at history, something we will never see again in our lifetimes.
“Djokovic is going for the greatest of all time and it would be a special way to finish these Championships.”
Djokovic has won all three of this year’s Slams and he is raring to go in one of the biggest matches of his life.
“I’m going to treat this match as it’s my last one because it’s arguably the most important one of my career maybe,” he said.
“Maybe not, I don’t know. But of this year, for sure.
“It’s going to be a battle against another guy who has been in tremendous form.
“He’s already had couple of Grand Slam finals behind him. I think experience-wise it’s different for him now. I’m sure he’s going to give it all to win it, to win his first Slam.”
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