Novak Djokovic made up two sets of disadvantage to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of Roland Garros 2021, making him the first player in the Open Era to have posted all the Grand Slams at least twice. The number 1 in the world has also risen to 19 majors in his career, just one distance away from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Given the form demonstrated so far, many insiders believe that the Serbian phenomenon is the all-time favorite to also win Wimbledon and the US Open. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has shown a physical strength superior to rivals much younger than him, in addition to the proverbial mental strength that has saved him on many occasions.
During his Parisian ride, Nole took away the added satisfaction of inflicting Nadal's third overall defeat at the French Open. Speaking at Eurosport, Mats Wilander and Mischa Zverev praised Novak after his historic triumph in the Ville Lumiere.
Wilander and Zverev on Novak Djokovic
"We are now heading into the season where we would have to put Novak Djokovic as the favorite to win Wimbledon most probably, favorite at the US Open because of what he does on hardcourts," Mats Wilander said.
"So yes, it is on, and the way he looks - he looks young, he looks so fresh in the end, he looks scary good and motivated." Mischa Zverev, meanwhile, lauded Novak Djokovic for his comeback against a younger opponent in Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had the upper hand in the initial stages of the match.
"He [Novak Djokovic] is a legend, and he is on the way to winning all four in the same year," Zverev said. "I don’t know if it’s going to happen but his achievement is incredible, especially the way he won today, two sets to love down and being outplayed by a much younger Stefanos Tsitsipas.
To come back and outlast him, be stronger mentally and physically, it was incredible. I was looking at Novak when they were preparing the trophy ceremony and he looked like was getting ready for Wimbledon," Mischa Zverev said.
"He was so focused. I think in his mind already he was thinking about who he was going to play at Wimbledon, how am I going play, I need to get ready with my preparation and recovery – he is a machine. It’s nice to see Novak can be a real fighter on the court, but a gentleman off the court," Zverev added.
"He thinks things though – he never feels rushed on the court, he never feels rushed off the court, he’s just in a state of mind where he’s at peace with himself. I am speechless because his performance was incredible."