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!”
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 9, 2021
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- 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.
US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic on cusp of history, ready to pip Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
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(with Reuters inputs)