Frances Tiafoe says he Novak Djokovic is 'trying to achieve something crazy' this year but he wants to be the man to stop him.
Djokovic has already won all three Grand Slam titles so far this year, and if he can add an Olympics gold medal and the US Open to his already incredible haul, he will become the first man to ever achieve the Golden Slam.
Tiafoe could only meet Djokovic in the final in Tokyo, but he is ready to back himself to beat the Serb if he gets the chance.
“He’s a straight pro,” Tiafoe said of Djokovic. “His process every day is crazy. I’m not surprised he’s playing.
"He’s trying to achieve something extremely crazy this year, and obviously I hope I can be a guy to stop him.
"I love seeing greatness and if I can stop it, that would be cool. We’ll see. I don’t mind the matchup against him.”
While Djokovic has been literally unbeatable at Grand Slams this year, there is a sense that Djokovic may be more vulnerable away from the majors.
“I like playing Novak in two-out-of-three than three-out-of-five,” Tiafoe said.
“I count myself as a dark horse at any particular moment. It’s a completely different format, it’s a team event, everyone is super nervous.
“You’re trying to fight for a medal. It’s not like you’re with your whole individual team. It’s different.
"Everyone is out of their comfort zone and how do you get comfortable being uncomfortable?
"I feel like for me it’s kind of open and I’m just going to have a good experience and try to play my best.”
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