Before the start of the season, Novak Djokovic set eyes on the ultimate ranking record, four Majors and the Olympic Games. The Serb became the player with most weeks on the ATP throne in March, passing Roger Federer and setting the record that might stay in his property maybe for good. Between that, the Belgrade native secured two Major titles to increase his tally to 19 and move one behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, making the GOAT race tighter than ever. There are three more goals left for Novak to achieve in 2021 (his year-end no. 1 position should be safe if he completes that), and the first starts next week at Wimbledon.
Djokovic is trying to become the first male player with all four Major titles and the Olympic gold medal within a single season, with Steffi Graf standing as the only player with that incredible feat. Mats Wilander believes that Novak can win the following three notable tournaments and write history, calling him a superman. However, the Swede understands that it should be challenging for Novak to endure the pressure in New York if he wins Wimbledon and the Olympics, and he backs him to keep playing matches and maintain this form.
Mats Wilander backs Novak Djokovic to chase all five notable titles of the season.
Since the start of the Open era in 1968, 12 players have won all four Major titles and an Olympic gold medal, with Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi achieving that in men’s singles. Djokovic looks good to join them in Tokyo, feeling excited about the Olympic Games and standing as the top favorite for the gold medal. The Serb achieved a Career Grand Slam at Roland Garros 2016, and he only needs to conquer the Olympic tournament to complete every notable title that our sport offers. Djokovic is already the only player in the Open era with two titles at all four Majors, and he repeated that at all nine Masters 1000 events for a complete list of trophies in his rich collection.
“Novak can achieve a Golden Slam, but it remains to be seen how strong he will come to New York if he wins Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. He wants to show that he is a superman and, in fact, I believe he is. So he needs to keep playing matches to maintain maximum intensity,” Mats Wilander said.