Novak Djokovic aims to become the second player in the Open Era to complete the 'Calendar Grand Slam', a feat that was only successful at the legendary Rod Laver back in 1969. The Serbian champion qualified for the final of the US Open 2021, bending to fifth set the resistance of an excellent Alexander Zverev on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The number 1 in the world, who is chasing his fourth seal in New York, will meet on Sunday with Daniil Medvedev, whose path has been quite easy in the last two weeks. The young Russian has left only one set on the street and will do everything to prevent Nole from conquering his 21st Major.
In the event of a triumph, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings for the first time. With the Swiss and the Spaniard both in the pits due to injury, Djokovic seems destined to write many more pages of history.
Speaking on Eurosport, his former coach Boris Becker admitted he was stunned by Novak's performance.
Boris Becker praises Novak Djokovic
“Long live the king!” Eurosport expert Boris Becker said. “Novak Djokovic is an incredible guy, an incredible player.
It was a special day, a special night. It was history in the making. Novak Djokovic is still about to rewrite the book. He has the most important match of his life in two days. He’s treating it like it’s his last match.
That’s all you can say about it”. The six-time Grand Slam champion says it is important that Djokovic recovers well after his clash with Zverev, which lasted three hours and 38 minutes. “He needs to recover now,” Becker said.
“It was very exhausting against Sascha again. He is 34 years old, his opponent on Sunday is only 25 – you have to put that all in perspective. I think for him it’s about the last match of his life – and that’s how he’ll go in”.
One of the most intriguing similarities between Djokovic and Federer is that they have been the most consistent players against the best players in the world. And that is the reason why they have acclaimed all the records.
Now, Djokovic is the player with the most wins against Top 10 players in tennis at 225. Federer will not get a chance to improve his 224 for a while as he called his 2021 season off due to knee surgery. Also, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are on the list, but it is unlikely for them to match this record. While the Spaniard has 178 wins so far, the Scot has 101.