Sport Djokovic in box seat for unprecedented Slam feat

05:50  20 june  2021
05:50  20 june  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

BORIS BECKER: Djokovic must target Nadal's helicopter shot

  BORIS BECKER: Djokovic must target Nadal's helicopter shot BORIS BECKER: If I was still coaching Djokovic I would be suggesting he goes hard at the Spaniard's forehand, which has not been at its most consistent in the previous rounds. Its ‘helicopter’ motion can produce unforced errors if he is pressed enough. Djokovic cannot afford to allow him time on it, so no half shots — Djokovic needs to go hard and flat and if he can do that then he can reap some rewards.Yet the most important battleground in these contests between two players who have met an incredible 57 times already is in the head.

Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal's reign at the French Open with a four-set win in a classic semi-final which will be ranked among the all-time great matches on the Roland Garros clay. Pressure told when Djokovic attempted to serve out the set, producing a double fault to give another break-back point to Nadal. The Serb was let off the hook when Nadal batted a return long and saved another on his way to restoring parity at one-set all. Djokovic will bid for his second French Open title on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic ’s remarkable powers of recovery came to the fore once again as the Serb battled back from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set French Open final thriller. Djokovic , 34, also became the first man in 52 years to win all four Grand Slam titles twice – something neither of his GOAT rivals Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal have achieved. The last man to register the feat was Australian great Rod Laver in 1969, while Laver's countryman Roy Emerson achieved the landmark two years before him.

Novak Djokovic is now in the box seat to win at unprecedented Golden Slam, tennis great Todd Woodbridge says.

Djokovic has won the Australian and French Opens so far this year, taking his majors tally to 19. The world No.1 will start a hot favourite for Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open.

If he wins them all, he'll claim the first men's Golden Slam and also overtake the majors haul of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (20). The only Golden Slam in tennis history was won by women's icon Steffi Graf in 1988.

Djokovic is yet to win the Olympic gold medal but has a combined eight titles at Wimbledon and the US Open.

"The Golden Slam - it is very much on the cards, there is no doubt about that," Woodbridge said on Sports Sunday.

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Novak Djokovic was defaulted from the US Open for hitting the line judge with a ball. "I really can't think of anything off the top of my head where the draw opened up to this degree, where with Roger and Rafa not coming, everybody felt Novak was the major, major, major favorite," Stine, who formerly guided world No. 1 Jim Courier and two-time grand slam finalist Kevin Anderson, told CNN. "I can't really remember an event where you haven't had one, a scenario where all the top guys are out of the draw for whatever reason like this year, and two, you have no one left in the draw that has ever won a slam ."

Former French Open queen Maria Sharapova hailed Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as they produced an all-time classic in Paris on Friday night – which fans were allowed to watch until its conclusion despite a Covid curfew. Meeting for the 58th time in one of tennis’ greatest rivalries, reigning champion Nadal and world number one Djokovic played out a four-set thriller of scintillating quality and suspense that immediately ranked among the greatest contests ever seen at Roland-Garros.

a close up of Novak Djokovic holding a baseball bat: Novak Djokovic in a training session on day one of the Mallorca Championships. © Getty Novak Djokovic in a training session on day one of the Mallorca Championships.

"What Novak managed to produce in Paris, in two comebacks from two sets to love down, is some of the best mental stuff you'll ever see.

"Now, he does get a bit gnarly at times on court but he's an athlete that's able to focus that into what he needs to do to get the result done.

"That final, to come back against [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, fantastic effort from him. And he's just freshening up, he's down in Mallorca on grass courts getting ready as his preparation for Wimbledon.

"He most definitely goes in a heavy, heavy favourite for Wimbledon."

a close up of Roger Federer hitting a ball with a racket: Roger Federer plays a ball during his shock loss in Halle. © dpa/picture alliance via Getty I Roger Federer plays a ball during his shock loss in Halle.

With Nadal having withdrawn from Wimbledon, Federer is mounting a lone defence of the majors tally. Yet the Swiss great copped a shock loss in his key build-up tournament.

Djokovic stuns Nadal in Roland-Garros thriller

  Djokovic stuns Nadal in Roland-Garros thriller Novak Djokovic stopped Rafael Nadal's bid for a 14th French Open title and handed the King of Clay just his third loss in 108 matches.PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic stopped Rafael Nadal's bid for a 14th French Open title and handed the King of Clay just his third loss in 108 matches at the tournament by coming back to win their thriller of a semifinal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

On Monday, Djokovic trailed by two sets in his fourth-round match against another Italian, Lorenzo Musetti, before fighting back to lead in the fifth set when the teenager quit. Berrettini created break points in Djokovic 's opening two service games but, after the Serb staved them off and broke for a 3-1 lead, there was little chance of a repeat. Djokovic saved another break point on his way to a 5-2 lead in the opener, continuing to play precisely and efficiently as he eased into a two-set advantage.

Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in an epic five-set match, 6-7 (6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to win the men's singles title at the 2021 French Open and his 19th Grand Slam title. In a battle between the new and older generations in men's tennis, the 34-year-old Djokovic and member of the sport's 'Big Three' pushed off a real threat from the 22-year-old Tsitsipas and one of the widely touted 'Next Gen' players. In the first set, Tsitsipas hit 18 winners and 10 unforced errors and was 6 for 6 at the net. Tsitsipas broke Djokovic in the first game of the second set, and kept that pace, rolling to a 6-2 victory.

"His fitness is fine but he's lacking match play," Woodbridge said.

"That time away from the game is not easy and in Halle, in his lead-in tournament, went out to Felix Auger-Aliassime, the young Canadian. He'll be disappointed not getting more matches under his belt on the grass.

"The hardest part about Halle, absolutely zero crowds, and that's not good for Roger. He feeds off that and I think when he's playing against opponents, they also feel that the crowd goes for him."

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