Tennis Legend Distinguishes Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams’s Calendar Slam Attempt at US Open

Published 09/12/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Serena Williams of the United States talk during the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic is one match away from winning the Calendar Slam at US Open 2021. In other words, he is at arm’s length to become the first man since 1969 to win all four major tournaments in a year. Naturally, the pressure behind this match will be immeasurable.

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So, the question is: will he go through with it or not?

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Interestingly, Lindsay Davenport made an interesting comparison between Djokovic and Serena Williams’ 2015 season. Similar to the Serb, Serena had entered the US Open in 2015, looking for the Calendar Slam. She had even reached the semifinals.

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However, the mountain-heavy pressure had ended her dream run against Roberto Vinci.

Will the same happen to Djokovic at US Open 2021?

Davenport on the difference between Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams’ approach for the Grand Slam

Firstly, the three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport admitted that “no one can even possibly fathom” the pressure on Djokovic. She then remembered how pressure ended Serena‘s 2015 US Open campaign.

“Serena, in 2015, came the closest, and we thought it was a foregone conclusion when you went into the semifinals to play Roberto Vinci, to play Fabio Planetta. But it was the pressure that got to her,” Davenport explained.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Additionally, Bryan Brothers and Gigi Fernandez, who were going for Career Slam in doubles then, had predicted against Serena. The former World No.1 then revealed why they got the prediction right.

“Because the pressure was so overwhelming,” Davenport said. “The thought of accomplishing something so big in our sport truly is too much to overcome.”

Furthermore, the retired American acclaimed how Djokovic has handled the pressure. “How much credit can we give Novak? Because for six matches, he’s looked just fine. He hasn’t cracked under pressure; he’s been so focused. And I loved this quote the other night after beating Zverev.”

Conclusively, Davenport stated that Djokovic is going after history with all his might. And the pressure is not affecting his game or mindset. “He knows what he’s playing for, and it is not hindering him,” she ended.

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Who is Djokovic playing in the US Open 2021 final?

On Sunday evening, the top seed Djokovic will take on the second seed Daniil Medvedev for his 21st Grand Slam title. Let’s see if the tennis world will witness history or another upset as in 2015.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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