Novak Djokovic has made himself the author of a truly exceptional 2021, which he was unable to put the icing on. The number 1 in the world attempted an assault on the 'Calendar Grand Slam', a feat that only the legendary Rod Laver succeeded in the Open Era.
The Serbian champion won the first three Slams of the season, beating as many members of the Next Gen in the final (Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros and Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon).
The 34-year-old from Belgrade also reached the last act at the US Open, but was unable to overcome the Medvedev stumbling block at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tension and fatigue played a trick on the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who had to postpone overtaking to eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Just during the New York Slam, Nole found himself facing the young American Jenson Brooksby in the second round. Backed up by friendly audiences, the 20-year-old from Sacramento played a sci-fi set and a half before falling under the blows of Djokovic.
Nole Djokovic has 85 ATP titles
“Jenson Brooksby knows how much I love Novak Djokovic. For me, Djokovic is, if not the best of all time, in the top three in history. I really like Djokovic's system of play, his patterns and his style.
I saw a lot of his games and we left with a very specific plan. When the match moved on to the second set, Djokovic moved up a gear or two. In fact, there was a play in the middle of the set that lasted almost half an hour. After that, Jenson was completely in the rough, and then the engine blew up!" - said Brooksby's coach.
Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He has 85 ATP titles and has the joint-highest Grand Slam count of 20, tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He is also the only player in history to win all the Grand Slams at least twice.
Shortly after winning his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open 2021, Novak Djokovic crossed, Roger Federer in the most weeks as World No.1 record. The 20-time Major champion crossed 310 weeks at the World Number one spot and he continues to reside at the summit of the sport.
On the verge of achieving his Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021, Daniil Medvedev defeated him in straight sets in the finals in New York- which ended his 27-match winning streak at Grand Slams.