US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic on cusp of history, ready to pip Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most Grand Slams

US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic on cusp of history, ready to pip Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most Grand Slams- check details
US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic on cusp of history, ready to pip Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most Grand Slams- check details

US Open 2021: Most Grand Slams- Novak Djokovic on cusp of history- World No.1 Tennis player Novak Djokovic is chasing history at the US Open 2021. The 34-year-old is just a Grand Slam away to pip Swiss Tennis Maestro and Spanish legend Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is currently level on 20 Grand Slam titles with Federer and Nadal. Since the duo has pulled out of US Open, Djokovic has a golden opportunity for him to go past the two GOATS and climb to the peak of men’s tennis. Besides this, he can also become the first man on the planet to win Calendar Grand Slam in the 21st Century.

Earlier this month Novak Djokovic withdrew from this month’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati to recuperate from a season in which he won three Grand Slam tournaments and competed at the Tokyo Olympics.

“I’m taking a bit longer to recover after quite a physically taxing journey from Australian Open up to Tokyo,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Can’t wait to see you in New York soon!”

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US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic on cusp of history, ready to pip Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most Grand Slams

Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal

All three players hold a dominant run in one of the grand slams. While Djokovic holds an edge over the Australian Open, Nadal and Federer are ahead in the game when it comes to French Open and Wimbledon respectively.

US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic on cusp of history, ready to pip Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most Grand Slams- check details
US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic on cusp of history, ready to pip Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most Grand Slams

US Open- Most Grand Slams

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021

French Open: 2016, 2021

Wimbledon: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021

US Open: 2011, 2015, 2018

Rafael Nadal (Spain)

Australian Open: 2009

French Open: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Wimbledon: 2008, 2010

US Open: 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019

Roger Federer (Switzerland)

Australian Open: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018

French Open: 2009

Wimbledon: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017

US Open: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Calendar Grand Slam

As many as 5 players have won calendar grand slams. They are

  • Rod Laver- 1962 & 1969,
  • Steffi Graf- 1988,
  • Margaret Court- 1970,
  • Maureen Connolly-1953,
  • Don Budge, 1937

As mentioned, no player has won the calendar grand slam in the 21st century.

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(with Reuters inputs)

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