Novak Djokovic has been a player to beat since 2011, standing as the dominant figure at the notable events and reducing the deficit to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. After winning "only one" Major in 2020, Novak was eager to make another strong push and catch his greatest rivals, targeting all four Majors in 2021 and doing a marvelous job so far.
For the first time since Rod Laver in 1969, one player has managed to claim the season's opening three Majors, and those triumphs have put Novak on the level terms with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as they all stand on 20 Major crowns.
Speaking about Novak in April, Alexander Zverev praised the Serb and mentioned that he wouldn't stop until breaking every significant record in our sport. For the last couple of years, Novak has openly spoken about his desire to beat Federer and Nadal and win more Majors than them, believing in his abilities and never losing faith despite some setbacks.
In Melbourne, the Serb suffered an abdominal injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz and struggled for a couple of encounters before beating Aslan Karatsev and Daniil Medvedev in straight sets for his ninth Australian Open crown.
Seeking the second title in Paris, Djokovic came from two sets to love down versus Lorenzo Musetti and stunned Rafael Nadal in the semis after over four hours of a titanic battle.
Novak Djokovic chases history in 2021.
Stefanos Tsitsipas had two sets to love advantage in the final before Novak shifted into a higher gear and left the Greek behind to celebrate the 19th Major title.
Djokovic was the clear favorite at Wimbledon, and he didn't fail, losing only two sets in seven matches and toppling Matteo Berrettini in the title clash to secure the 20th Major title and match his greatest rivals. Novak is currently trying to win the first Olympic gold medal ahead of the ultimate test at the US Open, where he wants to cement his status as the greatest player of all time.
"Novak Djokovic's records speak for themselves. He has won so many things, achieved numerous records and spent the most weeks as world no. 1. Still, he is hungry for more and determined to grab many more records; I think he won't stop until he gets them all.
I wish to see him for many more years on the Tour, although I would love to beat him a few more times," Alexander Zverev said.