A single Slam title divides Novak Djokovic from a feat that would have epic connotations. The Serbian phenomenon will try to complete the Grand Slam at the US Open, the last major of the season, starting from Monday 30 August in the traditional setting of Flushing Meadows.
The number 1 in the world would surpass the eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, reaching 21 Grand Slams in the event of a triumph in the Big Apple. With the Swiss and the Spaniard out of the game due to injury, it will be the exponents of the Next Gen who will try to put a spoke in his wheel.
The first names that come to mind are those of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, while Stefanos Tsitsipas seems slightly more secluded in the hierarchies of the eve. In the course of an exclusive interview with the 'Punto de Break' portal, former WTA number 7 Barbara Schett - who now plays the role of analyst for Eurosport - has no doubts that Nole will close his career as the greatest ever.
Recall that the 34-year-old from Belgrade has already broken the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.
Federer will be out for many months
"I think Novak Djokovic will finish as the best in history, Barbara Schett was quoted as by the Punto de Break website.
"Whether you like him or not, it doesn't matter. If he wins this tournament, he will be the one with the most Grand Slams. I don't think Roger Federer will win another one. We would be content to see him play again and with Rafa, things are not getting easy either.
I don't think Medvedev, Tsitsipas and the rest will win 21 Grand Slams. Djokovic looks like he is 27 or 28 years old. He is very fit and takes very good care of his body. Even if he doesn't win the title in New York, he will keep winning more.
He knows how important the next few years are for that," Schett continued. Schett believes the youngsters, all aged 25-and-under, can deal some damage over the next fortnight at the US Open. "In order, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Berrettini," Schett responded when asked to name her favorites for the men's title after Djokovic.
"(Andrey) Rublev is also playing well. I think it will be an exciting tournament. In the last Slams, we've already seen Novak deal with the young guys. He handles pressure very well. It's obvious that during these two weeks he will feel it again, if he didn't, he wouldn't be human, but he can achieve the four Majors in the same year. It's a matter of seeing how he handles all that. It will be interesting to watch."