In an attempt to equal Federer and Nadal’s record, Novak Djokovic may “never win another Grand Slam.”
According to one tennis expert, the emerging crop of younger talent could bring Novak Djokovic additional headaches next season.
According to tennis guru Mats Wilander, if Novak Djokovic wins the US Open this month, he may “never win another Grand Slam.” After winning at Melbourne, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon this year, the world number one has a chance to complete a remarkable calendar slam if he wins at Flushing Meadows.
Furthermore, Djokovic would surpass both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in terms of major event victories — the three are now deadlocked with 20 each.
Rod Laver was the last guy to complete a calendar slam in 1969, and Djokovic is the favorite to do so again this year, with neither Federer nor Nadal able to compete due to injuries.
However, Wilander believes that the rise of a new generation of players in the game would make it difficult for the current world number one to win another Grand Slam following this one.
If he has a chance to win a calendar Grand Slam, he will be even more determined,” the Eurosport analyst said.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he won the US Open and never won another Grand Slam after that.
“The 21-thing is a great load for him, and the calendar Grand Slam is a pleasure trip for him, the chance to do something he never thought he’d get to do.
“I declare him the favorite to win the US Open because of the opportunity to do so.
“I believe it will be tough for Novak to stay on top for long, since the new guys – Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, and Denis Shapovalov – are all physically strong tennis players.
“They’re playing huge games, taking risks, serving big, playing aggressively, and they’re physically bigger – though they don’t move as well and aren’t as psychologically strong – but I think it’ll be tough for him.”
Djokovic advanced to the second round of the US Open uninjured, but not without a scare from youngster Holger Rune, who won a second set tie-break at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
That was too much for the Dane to handle. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”