Novak Djokovic is vying to become the first man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to complete the Grand Slam. The world number 1 won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, setting as many Next Gen exponents in the finals.
In the event that the Serbian were to also triumph at the US Open, he would reach 21 Majors and bypass eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the first time. The 34-year-old from Belgrade will make his debut tonight against promising young Holger Rune, with whom Nole has trained several times in Monte Carlo.
It will not be easy for Djokovic to manage the pressure in the decisive rounds, as evidenced by the example of Serena Williams in 2015. The American tennis player was the victim of a psycho-physical collapse which - combined with the extraordinary performance of Roberta Vinci - prevented her from reaching the final.
. In a long conversation during the Australian Open Show, former ATP number 1 Jim Courier analyzed with great clarity the chances of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in New York.
Courier opens up on Novak Djokovic
"It's a different environment for him (Novak Djokovic) this year, the pressure he'll feel will be unlike anything he has felt so far in his career," Jim Courier said.
"It's going to be fascinating to see how he manages that because he's clearly the heavy, heavy favorite based on how he has played on hardcourts in recent times." Courier commended the 34-year-old's scheduling in this regard, pointing out that he has had enough rest to coast through the early rounds of the US Open.
"He's well-rested. I think he was smart not to play after the Olympics," Courier said. "I don't think he has to worry about losing in the first two or three rounds of these tournaments. Not in best-of-five, he can work his way in." Speaking about the numbers, Federer is worth $450 million, followed by Djokovic who is on $220 million, and in the third spot is Nadal worth $200 million.
When it comes to the Forbes list, the Swiss ace has dominated the rankings in the top 10 for over a decade. In fact, in the previous year, he topped the list. On the other hand, Djokovic has had the season of his life, winning the first three Grand Slam events of the season.
In doing so, he has equaled the two greats on 20 Grand Slam titles each. He is currently competing at the US Open. We wish him the very best for the upcoming matches and for the rest of the season.