Former world No. 1 Jim Courier is rooting for Novak Djokovic to win the US Open and make tennis history this fortnight. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, hasn't lost a match at the Grand Slam level this year and now he is aiming to get his hands on the US Open trophy.
The last man to win all Grand Slams in the same year was Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who achieved the feat in 1969. Djokovic is the top favorite to win the US Open and his old rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer can't prevent him from winning the US Open since they were forced to skip the tournament due to injuries.
"Sorry for Federer and Nadal fans but I'm rooting for Djokovic for the Calendar Grand Slam. It would be great for sports. Obviously incredible for him but also for tennis as a whole," Courier said, per We Love Tennis.
Like Courier, Evgeny Kafelnikov also roots for Djokovic
Kafelnikov, a former world No.
1, hopes to see the rematch of the Tokyo Olympics semifinal between Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. Kafelnikov is also hoping that Djokovic will manage to win it all at Flushing Meadows and witness history as a tennis fan.
"I hope he can. Because of the history, I want to see the Calendar Slam, like many of Novak's fans, but not only his, but also the tennis fans, because it's about history," Kafelnikov said in an interview with Sport Klub, when asked if Djokovic could beat Zverev if the two met at this year's US Open.
"No one will do that in the next 100-200 years. Just as I won the Slam in singles and doubles, no one will do that for a very long time. I want to see that, but as you said, it will be a very difficult match against Zverev.
Sascha has drastically improved in the last six months - play, maturity… I hope we will see that clash, it will be difficult for Novak."