If the results go as expected and there are no big surprises, in a few days Novak Djokovic could become the first tennis player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slam titles in the same season and to reach 21 titles in this category.
In this 2021, Federer’s injuries and a regular season by Nadal made the Serbian’s opportunities to achieve what the other two members of the “Big 3” never achieved, increase much more.
In a talk of Rod Laver with Associated Press, the Australian spoke about the great feat that the current world number 1 can achieve: “I would be very happy to shake his hand if he can win all four Slams. I would be happy if he was part, either in a ‘club’ or no, I do not know”. In the event that he succeeds, he would join a select and exclusive group of just five players so far: Don Budge (1938), Maureen Connolly (1953), Rod Laver (1962 and 1969), Margaret Court (1970) and the last one, Steffi Graf (1988).
“He knows all the players, so there should be no problem with [eso] … I think pressure is the only thing Djokovic can have a problem with. It may not feel right. There are many things and that can go wrong “, commented the former tennis player about the difficulties that the Serbian may have in the face of the great feat of the year.
Novak Djokovic will debut on Tuesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium against a young Holger Rune, who comes from qualifying.
His biggest threats are the well-known “Next Gen“which is getting stronger on the circuit every time, but the great performance that the number 1 in the world can have on the court should help him more than necessary: “You don’t have a great serve or a great forehand or backhand, but they’re all good. That’s one of the things you can trust. If you’re not performing as well as you should, then you have something else to go on. lean on, “Laver said about the Serbian’s game.
The former tennis player was invited by the United States Tennis Association to be able to be present in the event that the Nole is consecrated in the US Open and can celebrate with him a brand rarely seen.