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Djokovic Targets ‘Golden Slam’

Posted: Jun 7, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Like Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, and Don Budge and Fred Perry before them, Novak Djokovic’s moment of crowning glory came on the Philippe Chatrier court on Sunday.
The eighth man to have claimed all four of the sport’s Grand Slam titles has also done something that has (so far) proved beyond both Federer and Rafael Nadal. For the first time since man landed on the moon, the same player is the Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open and now French Open champion.
Rod Laver managed to win all four in the same year for the second time in his career in 1969, and Djokovic is now dominating the game like a man who has every intention of emulating him.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I really think everything is achievable in life,” he said, when asked about his chances of achieving the calendar Grand Slam.
“That’s still a possibility. But I don’t think about it right now.”
In a BBC interview, Djokovic, who beat Britain’s Andy Murray in four sets at Roland Garros, continued: “I’m privileged and honoured to be alongside Rod Laver.
Rod Laver was the last man to complete the calendar Grand Slam of winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year, in 1969
“I have probably experienced one of the most beautiful moments of my professional tennis career. I would say winning Wimbledon in 2011, victory in the [2010] Davis Cup and these moments are quite remarkable and unforgettable.”
Winning an Olympic gold medal for Serbia is also very high on Djokovic’s list of priorities for the year, and if he can win the title in Rio, as well as at Wimbledon and the US Open, he will emulate Steffi Graf’s ‘Golden Slam’ of 1988.
The schedule, though, is gruelling. Wimbledon starts in three weeks‘ time, the Olympics follow on four weeks later, and then – after just a fortnight’s rest – New York hosts the US Open.
But if anyone can, Novak can. He has been in the past six Grand Slam finals, and won five of them. And clay is considered his weakest surface.
Djokovic will now disappear from public view until he opens the defence of his Wimbledon title on Centre Court. There will be no warm-up events on grass for him.