Novak Djokovic has a good chance of achieving the 'Calendar Golden Slam' this year, having won the first two Grand Slams of 2021 and having also targeted the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The world number 1 surprised everyone at Roland Garros, where he inflicted on Rafael Nadal what was just his third overall defeat in the French capital.
Finding himself two sets down in the final act against Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Serbian phenomenon brought out his immense determination and crowned a truly legendary comeback. The 34-year-old from Belgrade is undoubtedly the favorite at Wimbledon as well, having reached the quarter-finals without ever pressing the accelerator.
The winner of the last two editions will now face Marton Fucsovics, Andrey Rublev's surprise executioner. In a lengthy BBC interview, seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe explained how the Olympics will be the hardest event for Nole to win.
Recall that Djokovic has not yet put a medal around his neck at the Games.
John McEnroe on Novak Djokovic
"This is my personal opinion, Novak Djokovic's going to lose at the Olympics," John McEnroe said on BBC. "It's all best-of-three and it's tough to get back up that fast," explained McEnroe.
"Maybe someone can surprise him and then it will wake him up for the US Open and he'll win it all which will be monumental." According to the former World No. 1, the fact that the Serb held all four Majors in 2015-16 is an astounding achievement in itself.
"Federer or Nadal haven't done it either. It's been 50-odd years since Rod Laver did it in 1969," McEnroe added. "Novak did hold all four in a row at one stage and I'll take that any day of the week along with any other player.
This is crazy that he's been this consistently good and arguably better than ever at this age." World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently registered his fourth victory at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Facing Chilean player Cristan Garin, the Serb never looked uncomfortable during the match.
He gave away just eight games and thrashed his opponent in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. “I don’t allow myself to think too much about that (people calling him GOAT or one of). I need to go about my everyday routines the same way like before,” said Djokovic in the interview.
If Djoker manages to win the Wimbledon Championships 2021, he’ll tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam tally. He is also the only player to win every Grand Slam title at least twice in the Open Era and thus, it won’t be wrong to call him the G.O.A.T.