Three victories divide Novak Djokovic from the creation of a historic 'Calendar Grand Slam' The number 1 in the world reached the quarterfinals of the US Open without particularly shining, as evidenced by the three sets left on the street so far.
In the event of a triumph in the Big Apple, the Serbian phenomenon would rise to 21 Majors, bypassing eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the first time. At the same time, Nole's path to eternal glory is fraught with pitfalls.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade will have to beat Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals, a tough opponent already defeated at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. The last two hurdles in his path should be Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev, both in top form and winners in Cincinnati and Toronto respectively.
The German inflicted on Novak the most atrocious disappointment in this 2021, as he reassembled him in the semifinal of the Tokyo Olympics preventing him from winning gold in singles. In a long conversation on the Tennis Channel, Dominic Thiem - who was unable to defend the title due to a wrist injury - analyzed the scoreboard of the men's tournament in detail.
Dominic Thiem on Novak Djokovic
"That's potentially the toughest path (Berrettini, Zverev & Medvedev) of the three biggest title contenders, but if someone can do it, it's Novak Djokovic," Dominic Thiem said while speaking on Tennis Channel.
"We all know that he has the chance of the century, probably. It's not going to come that fast again, the chance for a calendar Grand Slam. So he'll do everything and he'll give everything to make it, and to win three more matches."
Dominic Thiem acknowledged that beating three top 10 players back-to-back is always a difficult task, but sounded bullish about Novak Djokovic's chances of accomplishing the feat. "He will have to beat probably 3 top 10 players in a row, which is always difficult, but as I said, if anyone can do it, it's him," Thiem added.
Earlier this year, there was an announcement that the exclusive Novak Djokovic documentary would be released towards the second half of the year. The tentative date given was August, but it was not possible. For some time now, a team is working on delivering a series that represents the 20-time major winner’s life personally and professionally. After they failed to meet the initial deadline due to numerous reasons, a fresh report has emerged.