Wimbledon: The 'Golden Slam', Djokovic's major challenge for 2021

Both the Olympic Games, if he finally disputes them, and the United States Open are played on a fast track, his favorite surface. Only Laver and Budge made the big four in the same year. Nobody completed the feat with the Olympic gold

Djokovic, during the final against Berrettini.AFP

Shortly after lifting two sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas and win the big nineteenth at Roland Garros, still two weeks before the start of Wimbledon, Djokovic He was approached at a press conference about the possibility of becoming the third man in history who managed to complete the four Grand Slam titles in the same course and even, in the case of an Olympic year, to seal the so-called Golden Slam. The Serbian, who yesterday questioned his presence in Tokyo, issued those present to the year 2016, when, after winning for the second time in Paris, he placed himself in a similar disposition. Remembered how Sam querrey He came up against him in the third round of Wimbledon and thwarted such a sweet hypothesis. With little luck in the draw, at the Rio Games, he was beaten in the first round by Juan Martín del Potro, in which he qualified as one of the most painful defeats of his life, and in the final of the US Open he crashed with Stan wawrinka.

Cautious, aware of the difficulties involved in winning a tournament of this rank, Djokovic would go his own way, without even looking at, or without admitting it, the exciting career that he maintains with Nadal Y Federer for becoming the best tennis player in history. Now, with the sixth Wimbledon in the showcase, he would have to hang the gold in Tokyo, from July 24, and win in New York, from August 30. The formidable harvest he treasures could be even better by now. Wimbledon was the only one of the Big Four not to be played in 2020 due to the pandemic. At the US Open he was disqualified in his round of 16 match against Pablo Carreño for an unfortunate action: the ball that he threw into the void in a fit of anger ended up hitting a linesman.

Goal in itself

Bronze in Beijing 2008, he already met the heavy hand of Del Potro in the fight for the third metal four years later at the London Games. The Olympic gold is, therefore, an objective in itself, apart from the fact that it is part of the unequaled booty of what may be the best year of his exalted career. Only two men, Donald budge (1933) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) have certified all four majors in the same season, but nobody has managed to add to that achievement of maximum difficulty the promotion to the first drawer in some Games. Nadal, one of the eight tennis players that has the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, was gold in Beijing, and Andre Agassi, also a member of the illustrious list, he did it at the Los Angeles Games. None of them squaring the circle in the same calendar year.

Versatile like no other, capable of bringing down the best clay-court player in history in his almost immaculate paradise, Djokovic gathers the arguments to feel like the most serious candidate for victory in two competitions that will also take place on hard court, his surface. Favorite: Tokyo Ariake Tennis Center and Flushing Meadows, where he has won three times and played five finals.