Novak Djokovic has made himself the author of an absolutely incredible first part of the season, having brought home both the Australian Open and Roland Garros. These two triumphs allowed him to hoist himself to 19 Grand Slam titles, just one distance away from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
After the success in Paris a few weeks ago, the debate on Nole's chances of achieving the 'Calendar Golden Slam' (including the Tokyo Olympics in the list) has ignited. The number 1 in the world seems to have all the credentials to accomplish a unique feat in the history of the Open Era.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade is on the hunt for his sixth seal at Wimbledon, where in 2019 he canceled a couple of match points in the final to His Majesty Roger Federer. In a recent interview granted to the 'Daily Mail', his former coach Boris Becker said that Djokovic's victory at Church Road is by no means as obvious as some suggest.
The German listed a number of reasons in support of his thesis.
Boris Becker on Novak Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic WON'T walk it," Boris Becker said. "Some of the men left in the draw are being underestimated, and Novak Djokovic has another opponent that should not be discounted — history.
The nearer he (Novak Djokovic) gets to the final and a possible 20th Grand Slam title, the more this pressure will build and the more he will be reminded of it." Boris Becker further asserted the Serb will not be overconfident of a victory at Wimbledon.
"Djokovic will not be viewing this title as a certainty, I can assure you, and nobody else should either," Becker added. Boris Becker went on to point out how fans and media sometimes give too much attention to former champions like Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
"I also think we are still so preoccupied with legends like Roger Federer and Andy Murray that we sometimes overlook some of the other men, who in the coming years are going to be Grand Slam champions," Boris Becker said.
The second week of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 has begun and there have been some interesting results at the tournament. However, for the first time this year, there has been a change in the format. This change has taken place in the men’s doubles category.
From the third round in the men’s doubles category at the Wimbledon Championships 2021, matches will be the best of five sets. Currently, players have been competing in the best of three sets format. It comes as the right decision since the men’s singles category competes in the best of five-set matches.