With this year’s Olympic Games, Novak Djokovic might be on his way to making men’s tennis history.
They do, however, have the potential to earn a “Golden Slam” every four years — or, in this case, five years. That entails winning all four major tournaments as well as the Olympics.
At the very least, Djokovic is on his way. He has won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon so far this year. The US Open is held at the conclusion of the summer.
A Grand Slam is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Since Rod Laver in 1969, no men’s tennis player has done it in a calendar year, however, Djokovic did hold all four championships at the same time from 2015 to 2016.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Matteo Berrettini, whom Djokovic defeated in the Wimbledon finals to equal Nadal and Federer for the most titles, will not be competing in Tokyo.
Despite that — and despite Djokovic’s general domination over the previous two years — it won’t be a stroll in the park, as his opponents include Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, Alexander Zverev of Germany, and Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who is representing the Russian Olympic Committee.
Djokovic has made no secret of his goals, telling Montenegro’s MINA news agency, “I am inspired to play my best tennis and sure that I can win the gold medal after a fantastic run so far this season,” according to USOpen.org.
While he admitted that the Olympics and the US Open will be important events, “I am full of confidence and determined to represent Serbia in the best possible way,” he continued. I’m hoping for a gold medal in Tokyo, and then I’ll travel to New York with the goal of winning everything.”