Novak Djokovic has only made one win since the 'Calendar Grand Slam', surviving an exciting battle against Alexander Zverev. The world number 1 won in five sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium, making the difference at the decisive moment, testifying to the immense value of this absolute legend.
If he were to defeat Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final, the Serbian would become the first man after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year. Zverev is honored with the honor of arms, as he managed to maintain a high level for a good part of the match, forcing Nole to squeeze to the bottom.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion took advantage of a drop in the German's tension at the start of the fifth set, flying towards his 27th consecutive Grand Slam victory. Immediately after the game, Sascha paid tribute to the extraordinary mental strength of his opponent, who could write an epic page in tennis history on Sunday night.
At a press conference, the 34-year-old from Belgrade analyzed in detail the keys to the challenge.
Djokovic moved one step closer to tennis history
"Well, you don't develop that kind of reputation I guess instantly," Novak Djokovic said.
"It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of matches won at the biggest stage when you are down match points, so to say." Djokovic, who has beaten fellow great Roger Federer from match points down in multiple Slams, pointed out that winning high-stakes matches has given him an aura of invincibility, particularly at the Slams.
"Probably all these big matches that I won, big titles over the years, have kind of built that kind of aura around me that players know there's a never-die spirit with me, especially when I play Grand Slams," Djokovic continued.
"They know that until the last shot, you know, things can turn around, which was the case in several occasions throughout my career." The Serb declared that he always wants them to feel the heat when facing him in Majors.
"So I'm glad that my opponents think of me that way," he added. "I want them to feel that they are under extreme pressure when I'm facing them on a big stage in Grand Slams." World No.1 Novak Djokovic has established himself as one of the biggest icons of the sport over the last decade.
He has won many laurels in professional tennis and has managed to take it to the next level. Today, besides being an ambassador of the sport, he is a source of inspiration to a lot of youngsters.