French Open champion Novak Djokovic declares, he can go for ‘Golden Slam’ as ‘everything is possible’

French Open champion Novak Djokovic declares, he can go for 'Golden Slam' as 'everything is possible'
French Open champion Novak Djokovic declares, he can go for 'Golden Slam' as 'everything is possible'

Novak Djokovic French Open – Djokovic Targets Golden Slam: For Novak Djokovic is “everything is possible”. And now the French Open 2021 winner Djokovic has set his eyes on a ‘golden’ Grand Slam in 2021 after winning the French Open for the second time.

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The 34-year-old Serb has won both majors this year after lifting the Australian Open title in February. He defends his Wimbledon title this month before the Olympics and US Open.

Novak Djokovic French Open – Djokovic Targets Golden Slam: “I have put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam,” said Djokovic, who won his 19th major by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Paris.

“Everything is possible. I’ve achieved some things that a lot of people thought it would be not possible for me to achieve.”

  • Djokovic, with his 19th Grand Slam title, has closed in on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam titles list. Both the players have won 20 Grand Slams each.
  • Djokovic has also become the first man in the Open Era to complete the career Grand Slam twice. (He has won the Australian Open nine times, Wimbledon five times, and the US Open three times.)
  • He has become the first man in 52 years, after Rod Laver, to win all the four Grand Slams twice. Overall, he is the third male tennis player to achieve this unique feat. The third being Roy Emerson.
  • This is Djokovic’s 84th career title. He turned pro in 2003. Overall, he now has nine Australian Open, five Wimbledon, and three US Open titles to his name.
  • This was Djokovic’s 29th Major final, taking him to second place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam men’s singles finals reached. He is only behind 31 finals appearances of Roger Federer.

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    Novak Djokovic French Open – Djokovic Targets Golden Slam: The 2021 French Open triumph is Djokovic’s second Roland Garros title, the first coming in 2016.

The world number one fought back from two sets down as he outlasted Greek fifth seed Tsitsipas to win at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Djokovic, also champion at Roland Garros in 2016, became the first man to win all four Grand Slams twice since the fully professional Open era began in 1968.

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Shortly afterwards, his coach Marian Vajda said the player’s goal was to win Olympic gold at the delayed Tokyo Games before completing a calendar Grand Slam at the US Open in September.

But Novak Djokovic was quick to point out he was in the same position in 2016 and then lost in the 3rd round of Wimbledon. 

“I will enjoy this win and then think about Wimbledon in a few days’ time,” he said.

“I don’t have an issue to say that I’m going for the title in Wimbledon. Of course I am.

“Hopefully, I can use this confidence that I have right now [to take] into Wimbledon, as well. Then let’s take it from there.”

 
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The world No.1, only 48 hours earlier, likened his defeat of 13-time champion Rafael Nadal on Court Philippe-Chatrier to climbing Mount Everest.

 
Swede Robin Soderling in 2009 and Djokovic himself six years ago were the only two who had reached that summit before, only to have fallen short at the final destination, in a subsequent Roland-Garros decider.
 
The only man to have earned a second shot at it on the terre battue of Roland-Garros rounded out that expedition, 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 against the 22-year-old Tsitsipas.
Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win the four majors twice and to have come from two sets down twice en route to a Grand Slam title.
 
“Of course, I am thrilled and I’m very proud of this achievement. I think part of the history of the sport that I love with all my heart is always something that is very inspiring and very fulfilling for me,” Djokovic said.

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