If you have actually beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open, and after that won the title 2 days later on from 2 sets down you have every right to dream huge.
And so Novak Djokovic heads to Wimbledon beginning in a fortnight with the understanding that a 6th title there would not just put him level with Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 prizes from the majors however provide him an opportunity too to make it 21 at the United States Open.
That would be a straight-out record and at the very same time make him simply the 3rd male to finish a fiscal year grand slam, signing up with American Donald Budge (1938 and Australia’s Rod Laver (1962 and 1969.
And if that wasn’t enough, the 34-year-old Serb might likewise end up being the very first male to win a golden slam, if he dominates at theTokyo Olympics This task of all grand slams plus the Olympic gold has actually just been attained by German Steffi Graf in 1988 on the females’s side.
“I have put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam. Everything is possible,” Djokovic stated.
“I’ve achieved some things that a lot of people thought it would be not possible for me to achieve.”
Having lasted longer than Nadal on the court where the Spaniard raised the prize 13 times, and after that went back to beat young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set last from 2 sets for near 8 hours of leading tennis within two days contributes to the speculation that he can do it.
“As much as Novak is healthy, and he’s healthy right now, he’s in great shape, I think he has ability to win the Grand Slam this year,” one of his coaches, Marian Vajda told the ATP website.
“I think it’s possible, much more [than] possible. He loves to play at Wimbledon and the US Open.”
Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker said on Eurosport that Djokovic “makes the impossible possible” and in Serbia the Politika paper on Monday said “No one is like Novak Djokovic,” with Kurir adding: “Indistractable. After the win in Paris, Novak is on the way to becoming the best player in tennis history.”
Even Tsitsipas, who overnight revealed that his grandmother had passed away shortly before the final, said “Hopefully I can achieve half of what he has done.”
To triumph at Wimbledon, in Tokyo and New York over the next three months however remains a daunting task, as it would require 20 more match wins, seven each at the slams and six at the Games.
Djokovic has been in the same situation before, in 2016, when he also won the Australian and French Open – only to go out early at Wimbledon.
But his determination could well be even bigger this time around because there is more to play for in the form of the all-time grand slam record, and Djokovic’s game has also improved even more over the past five years.
“He wants to really improve over every element of his game. This is amazing. I really admire that, that he wants to be better and better,” Vajda stated.
Or, as previous American star Andy Roddick tweeted: “Physically and mentally dominant. Hardest player in history to attack through the court. No holes in his game. No holes physically. Can’t break his mental belief.”