Although Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are paired at 20 Grand Slams, many believe that it is Novak Djokovic who has the best chance of ending his career with the Major record on the board. The Serbian phenomenon is still at 17, but can count on the fact that he is younger than his two eternal rivals.
After winning the Australian Open in early 2020, the world number 1 wasted a gluttonous opportunity at the US Open, where he was the all-time favorite for the title. An accidental blow to a touch judge resulted in Nole being disqualified from the round of 16, an incident that has long remained in the mind of the Belgrade veteran.
Djokovic then reached the final at Roland Garros, but an unleashed Rafael Nadal inflicted a severe blow on Philippe Chatrier. Speaking on the Tennis Channel, former American star Andy Roddick analyzed how Djokovic's performance at Wimbledon is too underestimated.
In fact, Novak has won five Church Road titles from 2011 onwards.
Roddick: 'Djokovic is not a single-surface specialist'
"We like to pigeonhole Rafael Nadal as the claycourt guy, Novak Djokovic as the hardcourt guy and Roger Federer as like the king of Wimbledon," Andy Roddick said.
"(But) Novak has actually won five titles at Wimbledon since 2011. He has by far been the most dominant player of the decade at Wimbledon and it does not get talked about enough. Two of his biggest adversaries at Wimbledon during that time - Andy Murray and Roger Federer - might not be at full flight so I think Novak Djokovic is the obvious favorite there”.
Four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier also assessed Novak Djokovic's chances in the upcoming season. When asked to pick the most likely Slam winner in 2021, the American went with the Serb triumphing for the ninth time at Melbourne Park.
"Novak winning Australian Open for the 9th time," Courier said. "These are the safest plays, its like the kids, we’re like kids playing bowling with the bumper guards. It is embarrassing but it is what they asked us so.
We are going with it. Novak has been so good for so long at the AO. You don’t want to bet against him there." The excitement for the Australian Open 2021 is already at its peak. Fans just can’t wait anymore to see their superstars playing at the first Grand Slam of the year, beginning in February.
However, the Grand Slam is not the only tournament that Tennis Australian is organizing. There will already be five tournaments that will be running simultaneously at Melbourne Park before the Australian Open 2021. These include the ATP Cup 2021, two WTA 500 tournaments, and two ATP 250 events.
The two WTA 500 tournaments are the Gippsland Trophy and Yarra Valley Classic, while that for men are the Great Ocean Road Open and the Murray River Open.