The numbers that world number one Novak Djokovic is reaching in 2021 are incredible and ensure that all fans of the Serbian champion and tennis enthusiasts can remember this year as magical. At the ripe old age of 34 Nole is in the running and at the moment he is the big favorite for the Golden Slam: he has already won 3 out of 4 Slam titles and is currently competing in Tokyo.
Winning in Japan and winning in New York Nole would reach the Golden Slam goal. It must be said that the Grand Slam has not already been seen since the days of Rod Laver on the men's circuit and Novak would be the first in the Open era.
These but not only given that Djokovic this year is collecting an incredible series of successes and extraordinary records. Nole talked about it long ago but now, his goal of stopping anyone who doesn't recognize him as a GOAT seems increasingly plausible.
In addition to the Golden Slam and Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic has reached 20 Slam titles to the great rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, even earlier than the most optimistic forecasts, and in Flushing Meadows he has the great opportunity to overcome them.
Djokovic has overtaken Federer as regards the record of total weeks at the top of the ATP rankings and is improving this record week after week. With the semi-final victory in Paris against the king of clay court Rafael Nadal, the Serbian champion has shown that he is now at the top on all three surfaces and there are very few tennis players who can at least think they can beat him.
Nicolas Massu on the GOAT debate
While speaking to Puntodebreak, Nicolas Massu first talked about the GOAT race between Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Massu highlighted how each of them has achieved incredible things in the sport, thereby making it difficult to choose one.
"Each has their own story, all three have achieved incredible things and different records," Massu said. "I put them on the same level. That they continue to win at this age helps us others to understand what the path is, to understand that we still have to do to reach them.
They make the level of tennis better every year, we are living in a spectacular generation, they are the three greatest in history." Nicolas Massu, on his part, prefers seeing his charge win tournaments that feature the trio, as it highlights Thiem's qualities.
"I have always said, I prefer that they are always in the tournaments that Dominic wins, because that will mean that he is at a great level," Massu said. "When he is well I know that he can beat anyone, he is still young but he already has a lot of experience. I am confident that the next 5-6 years can be the best. It is from difficult moments that one becomes strong."