‘Novak Djokovic still the obvious US Open favourite,’ says Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev believes Novak Djokovic is the ‘obvious’ favourite to win the US Open despite his own fine recent form.

Zverev defeated Djokovic en-route to winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month and backed that up by winning the title in Cincinnati.

That has left many hailing him as the man to beat at the US Open, but he insists that is not the case.

“The US Open is a week that everybody is looking forward to. I think Novak [Djokovic] will be back,” Zverev said.

“He’s obviously going to be the favourite as well, but I think other guys are going to be in great shape.

“I’m looking forward to the week. Let’s see how it goes. But there is still one week to go. I still have a lot of work ahead of me. I have to find my rhythm in New York, as well.

“I do think that Djokovic is still the favourite. 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 [Andrey] 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 US 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.”

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