Novak Djokovic is closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Serb started the season positively, winning the ATP Cup and, above all, the Australian Open 2020. Nole won his 8th title in Melbourne in 8 finals played, his 17th Slam and his 78th career title.
Aside from the two sets lost in the final against Dominic Thiem, the tournament of the new world no.1 was practically perfect. The second and third sets of the final were the only truly negative moments of a Slam won by dominating.
A legitimate triumph, which projects the Serb even closer to Federer and Nadal, with a fixed idea in mind: make the Grand Slam, overcome Nadal and reach Federer already in 2020. How many chances does Djokovic have to do this? There are possibilities for him.
Just two Majors from Rafa and three from Roger, Nole could give his best to succeed this goal as early as 2020. He said it in the press conference after the victory in Melbourne: "The preparation in the off-season is concentrated for the tournaments of the Slam.
I want to be number one for the Slams. The French Open will be a crucial moment. At this time, on clay-courts, the favorites still seem to be Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem. The Spaniard has the same motivations as Djokovic: to break Federer's record and become the best in the Slams.
Djokovic can win Roland Garros but it will be the most difficult goal of the year. He will be the favorite at Wimbledon, despite Roger Federer's desire to win. At the US Open he will start with the same chances as Rafa Nadal.
Djokovic has the chance to win 2 or 3 Slams. Doing the Grand Slam in 2020 will depend not only on him, but also on his two bigger rivals. Talking about a long term period, things change. And also a lot. Djokovic, in two or three years, will be able to reach and overcome both Nadal and Federer.
If the Serb continues to play with this incredible strength, there will be no room for anyone. Djokovic, 32 years-old, can only get closer to Nadal and Federer, and the overtaking on their Slams numbers seems really close. Will it arrive already in 2020?