Former world No. 1 John McEnroe believes Novak Djokovic is on a mission to "obliterate' the all-time Grand Slam record and rewrite tennis history. Djokovic hasn't lost a match at the Grand Slam level this year and if he wins the US Open, he will become the first player since 1969 to win all Grand Slams in the same year.
Also, Djokovic will capture a record 21st Grand Slam title if he makes it all the way at the US Open. "Novak wants to obliterate this record," McEnroe told Tennis Now. "You can see him winning two to four more majors.
I feel like he saves his best for last; he gets stronger as the tournament goes on. Of course he's human, but doesn't look like he's wearing down. The way he played against Berrettini the last three sets last night was his best tennis of the tournament."
McEnroe wasn't surprised by Djokovic's Olympics defeat
Djokovic, one of the most accomplished players in tennis history, was determined to win his first goal medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Djokovic was cruising toward his goal but then he blew a set and a break against Alexander Zverev in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal.
However, McEnroe believes Djokovic has put the Olympics defeat past him and he is ready to win the US Open. “I said before Wimbledon started that he was going to win the Grand Slam," McEnroe noted. "I felt like he was going to lose at the Olympics.
The two-out-of-three format, just excessive travel, no fans, et cetera, I think contributed [to his Olympic loss]. I still think he's going to do it. It's easier said than done. There's a reason it hasn't been done in 50 something years.
It's tough. It's really tough. We'll see how he handles it. He handles it about as well as anyone I've ever seen in the last five, 10 years of his career. I think he's ready for the moment."