“Enters Immortality”: Coach Optimistic Regarding Novak Djokovic Being the Undisputed G.O.A.T at US Open 2021

Published 08/10/2021, 5:55 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his second round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic recently withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters in 2021. He is already not featuring at the National Bank Open this time and thus, fans are wondering if he’ll be fit enough to play at the US Open 2021.

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Novak Djokovic has already won three Grand Slams this year. He can achieve the Calendar Slam if he succeeds at the US Open 2021 and can become the second male player to achieve the feat after Rod Laver in the Open Era. Thus, many fans and experts believe that he can go one step ahead in the G.O.A.T debate by winning in New York.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with Goran Ivanisevic after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Paul Childs

In a recent interview with Vecernji, Djokovic’s head coach, Goran Ivanisevic expressed his opinions on the G.O.A.T debate. He admitted that the Serbian legend will be the undisputed greatest player of all time if he wins his 21st Grand Slam title at the US Open 2021.

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“I am part of a team that writes history. If Djokovic wins the US Open this year and collects all four Grand Slams in the same year, he enters immortality, the rank of Rod Laver, although it is much harder to achieve such success in the 21st century than in Laver’s time,” said Ivanisevic in the interview.

(Translated via Google Translate)

The coach believes that it was much easier to win a Calendar Slam during Laver’s era than now. Thus, he stated that Djokovic will become immortal in the sport if he achieves the feat.

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“Was not easy for him”- Goran Ivanisevic on Novak Djokovic

Ivanisevic revealed that 5-6 years ago, nobody would have thought that Djokovic would be on the verge of winning the Calendar Slam one day. He also reflected that it was not at all easy for Novak to reach where he currently is.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his second round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

“It was not easy for him, five or six years ago. No one could have imagined that Novak would be in a position to make this historic feat,” added the former Croatian player.

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After the Serb failed to win a medal for his nation at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, fans are eagerly waiting for Novak Djokovic to return to the court. They have huge expectations from him and want him to deliver some exceptional performances at the US Open this year. Will he be able to end the year as the World No. 1 player?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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