After his 20th Major crown at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic went to Montenegro to join his family. World no. 1 trained at one resort in Herceg Novi before heading to Tokyo, targeting his first Olympic gold medal. Asked to compare 2021 with his previous notable years, Novak explained it has already been one of his career-best seasons, winning all three Majors and hoping for more of the same in Tokyo and New York.
Novak is the first player who won the season's opening three Majors since Rod Laver in 1969, achieving that on three different surfaces to enter the record books. Djokovic claimed three Major titles in 2011 and 2015, failing to conquer Roland Garros in both seasons and changing that last month when he defeated Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to his second crown in Paris.
In Tokyo and New York, Novak will try to achieve Golden Slam, only the second in tennis history after Steffi Graf in 1988.
Novak Djokovic has won all three Major titles in 2021.
Djokovic has won 34 out of 37 matches this year, losing in three consecutive tournaments on clay but conquering the most prestigious events to enter the history books.
After tight triumphs over Denis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne, Djokovic secured the ninth Australian Open title despite an abdominal injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz. The Serb took down Daniil Medvedev in the title clash and stayed away from the court for a couple of months before returning in Monte Carlo.
Daniel Evans stunned Novak in the third round, and the Serb lost before the final a week later in Belgrade. Nadal defeated Novak in the Rome final, and Djokovic went on to win the next three tournaments and continue his brilliant run at Majors.
Novak secured the second Roland Garros crown to move closer to Federer and Nadal after standing on 19 Major titles. Heading to Wimbledon as the top favorite, Djokovic secured the sixth All England Club trophy after losing two sets in seven encounters in the first round and the final.
Playing well above his rivals, Novak toppled Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini from the semi-final round to emerge at the top and celebrate the 20th Major trophy and match Rafael Nadal's and Roger Federer's record.