Novak Djokovic is now very close to completing the 'Calendar Grand Slam', an epic feat that would make him the second man in the Open Era to win all four majors in the same year. The only one to succeed - up to now - was Rod Laver back in 1969.
The world number 1 overcame the obstacle Alexander Zverev in the semifinal of the US Open, winning the fifth set despite the excellent performance of his opponent. A particularly foul straight Nole has however found the energy to win, relying on his now famous mental strength.
The start of the fifth set dug the decisive groove in favor of the Serbian, who has never looked back by booking a place for Sunday's final. Waiting for him will be Daniil Medvedev, already beaten in the last act of the Australian Open 2021.
The Russian has had a smoother path and will do everything to put a spoke in the wheels of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. In a press conference after the semi-final, Nole said she spoke at length with Serena Williams when she, the American, was vying to complete the Grand Slam.
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Novak Djokovic further pointed out that since he is now in the same position as Williams, he is able to understand just what the American legend went through in 2015. "I remember in 2015, I won US Open," Novak Djokovic said.
"I was talking to Serena. She was very emotional about everything that was going on. I can relate to what she's been going through right now. I understand it now. Obviously, once you're in that situation, you can really comprehend what a player goes through."
Djokovic claimed he understood why Williams chose that approach as it would have only added to the weight of expectations on her shoulders. "I understand why she wanted to avoid all the questions about it because in the end of the day, you have to go out on the court and deliver," Djokovic added.
"You're expected to always win. For a great legend that she is, she always has that expectations from everyone, including herself. It's no different with me," Novak Djokovic said. "We all have different formulas that work for us in terms of how we want to feel on the court, how we prepare ourselves, how we recuperate.
I don't mind answering the questions what you guys have," Djokovic added. "I don't think I have anything additional to say what I already said. Of course, I can talk more about it in details probably after the Sunday's final.
I'm trying to obviously keep things simple and respect my next opponent and prepare myself well."