Novak Djokovic’s elite 2021 season continued on Sunday morning when he gained Wimbledon for the sixth time. He earned a four-set victory over Matteo Berrettini and tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for essentially the most Grand Slam wins in males’s tennis historical past with 20.
Since 2003 Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal have mixed for 60 main males’s titles.
Everybody else has mixed for 12 🤯 pic.twitter.com/g8MbjKsg8s
— Sporting Information (@newsonhy) July 11, 2021
In doing so, he additionally set himself as much as do one thing that few have carried out earlier than: win a calendar Grand Slam.
Djokovic has gained the primary three main occasions of the 2021 season. He emerged victoriously on the Australian Open and French Open along with Wimbledon. Now, all of the 34-year-old Serb has to do is win the U.S. Open in September to win all 4 of the Grand Slam occasions in a single season.
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Simply how uncommon is that? Solely 5 gamers in tennis historical past have achieved that feat, and no one has accomplished it since Steffi Graf in 1988.
|Calendar Slam Winner||Yr(s)|
|Maureen Connolly Brinker||1953|
|Rod Laver||1962 & 1969|
|Margaret Court docket||1970|
Djokovic could have an opportunity to make one other type of historical past as properly. Due to the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic could have an opportunity to drag off a Golden Grand Slam, which consists of successful all 4 Grand Slam occasions and gold on the Olympics.
Solely 4 gamers have ever accomplished a profession golden slam in tennis historical past: Graf, Serena Williams, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal. Nevertheless, solely one of many winners, Graf, has gained all in the identical yr to drag off a calendar golden slam.
Djokovic will compete for Serbia on the Olympics, so he might place himself for an opportunity to hitch Graf’s unique group if he can take dwelling the gold. Nevertheless, his focus stays on his efficiency at Grand Slam occasions, and he “could definitely envision” finishing the calendar slam on the 2021 U.S. Open.
“I’m gonna definitely give it a shot,” Djokovic mentioned of competing within the U.S. Open after his Wimbledon win. “I’m in a great form and obviously playing well. Playing my best tennis at Grand Slams is the highest priority that I have right now at this stage in my career. So, let’s keep it going.”
Djokovic’s quest for the U.S. Open title will start on August 30. He has been eradicated within the Spherical of 16 on the occasion in back-to-back years and was notably disqualified from it in 2020 after by chance hitting a ball right into a line choose’s throat.