'I think Novak Djokovic's motivation will be at its...', says former star



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'I think Novak Djokovic's motivation will be at its...', says former star

Novak Djokovic is about to complete a Calendar Slam in 2021. The year started with a Grand Slam victory for the Serb in Australia and he will also want to end it on his own terms. Djokovic is also about to create another record.

After 20 Grand Slam titles, he will look to number 21 to surpass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. After the Olympics, Djokovic took a break and decided to focus on preparing for the US Open. He is practicing in Portonovi and looks in great shape.

A series of forehand followed by a juicy fall at the net shows that Djokovic has returned to his rhythm. He practiced at the Janko Tipsarevic academy. Janko is a former Serbian tennis player. Djokovic withdrew from the Cincinnati Open and the National Bank Open to reduce the risk of injury.

Djokovic's US Open record The Serbian national has a decent record at the US Open. He has won three titles in hard court competition, the most recent in 2018. In addition, he beat Juan Martín del Potro in the final to claim his third title and won 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and avenged his Loss at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Plus, Djokovic looks really strong this year to complete his fourth 2021 Grand Slam title after a dominant performance this year. He has lost more finals in New York than he has ever won, five in total. His first final was in 2007 when he was quite young and has come a long way from there.

He has played eight finals and won three and lost five. He will be hungrier than ever to get the Calendar Slam and become the greatest player of all time.

Bartoli talks about Novak Djokovic

There is a lot at stake for Novak Djokovic at the US Open.

By winning the hardcourt Major, he will not only complete the Calendar Slam, but also overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Slam race for the first time in his career. The Serb is currently tied with his long-time rivals on 20 Majors.

According to Marion Bartoli, the prospect of taking sole ownership of the Grand Slam record will serve as added motivation for Djokovic. "He will try to win a 21st Grand Slam title and be the first to reach this level," Bartoli said.

"I think his motivation will be at its peak and he has the game to win on hard, he has proven it time and time again. To be honest, I can’t see him failing to win the US Open," she added.