According to Rod Laver, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic can complete the calendar Grand Slam this year. The former Australian player, who’s completed the career Grand Slam twice, in 1962 and 1969, thus also thinks the Serb can win Wimbledon and the US Open as well.
‘I think he's got a good shot at pulling it off and I'd be happy seeing it,’ said Laver speaking at the La Costa resort, in California. ‘You don't own the territory. It's a feather in his cap if he can pull off a Grand Slam.
He's got two already. Owning the four at one time, it's one hell of an effort. He's got a great game. He’s not allowing any of the guys to take advantage of a shorter ball and try and penetrate. If the ball is too deep you can't do too much.' Laver is also aware that Djokovic will have to handle a lot of pressure in the next two Grand Slams.
According to him, ‘It'll be a tough test. The only thing he's got to worry about, the only thing I worried about was that you've got to play seven matches. That's all you've got to play. I think it's very possible he can pull it off.’ He then spoke of Serena Williams coming closer to completing the Calendar Grand Slam last year.
The American player lost to Roberta Vinci in the US Open semi-final. Drawing from experience, Laver commented, ‘I was fortunate to play some of my best tennis at the right time. That's what you've got to do. Serena had that chance to do it and then she played a so-so match in the semi-finals at the U.S.
Open. Was there pressure? What was it? I never really got an answer from reading about it. Did she feel nervous? Did she just play a bad match? Did the other player play out of her mind? That can happen.’ When asked whether he still played tennis, Laver shared that wrist pain didn’t allow him to play tennis anymore, but added that he still played golf. ‘It's bone on bone in my wrist.
It just stings too much to get out there to play. I'd like to be able to. Not that I could do very well. At least I wouldn't have to go to the gym as much,’ mentioned Laver. Story by ESPN ALSO READ: Rod Laver: ´Federer and Djokovic are equals´