Novak Djokovic is expected to pull off a ‘impossible’ achievement. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have never done it before.
Novak Djokovic has a chance to win the Calendar Slam, which has never been done before by Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, feels Novak Djokovic should concentrate solely on becoming the first male player in the Open Era to complete a Calendar Slam. In women’s tennis, Steffi Graf accomplished the feat in 1988, and no one has been able to match it since. There has never been a year when a man has won all four Grand Slams.
Djokovic has a genuine chance to make history, and at 34, he is still arguably at the peak of his powers, with no one in sight to challenge him.
There isn’t another player who appears like a threat to Djokovic this year, with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal both lagging off the pace this year and the former rumored to be retiring soon.
“I think this year is a tremendous opportunity for Novak to win a number of Grand Slams and all the titles,” Cash told L’Equipe.
“With all respect to the other players, Wimbledon had one of the weaker men’s side draws I’ve seen in many, many years.
“And that’s because we’ve got two of the biggest names – Andy Murray and Roger Federer – who played well but weren’t at the top of their game, returning from injury.
“The younger players are developing, but they aren’t quite ready yet. And Novak, as the ruler of the castle, sits perched on that mountain.
“And so this is the year for Novak to seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – you know it’s there, it’s there. Okay, maybe he wants to compete in the Olympics.
“However, his current objective is to win all four Grand Slams in the calendar year. It won’t be easy, but I believe it’s in his sights, and it must be his top priority. Winning all four Grand Slams is the pinnacle of our sport.”
Djokovic just needs to win the US Open to complete the Calendar Slam this year, but he could go one step further and win a gold medal at the Olympics, which he has never done.
The Serbian world No. 1 is now unsure about playing in Japan this summer, with Flushing Meadows clearly taking precedence.
He recently matched Federer’s record. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”