Novak Djokovic Can Potentially Reach 20 Grand Slams in 2021, Says Seven-Time Major Champion

Published 02/01/2021, 2:51 PM EST
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic arrives at his first match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


It’s once again the time of the year as tennis professionals hit hard in the southern hemisphere of the earth. This year, their Australian Summer is just confined to the Victorian city of Melbourne and was followed by a 14-day long quarantine. World Number 1 Novak Djokovic was quarantined in the southern part of the country Adelaide, and now he’s in Melbourne for ATP Cup 2021.

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The defending champion at Australian Open Djokovic is definitely looking forward to adding another Grand Slam to his account in the following weeks. Also, as mentioned many times, Novak is keen on surpassing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Major tally of 20 Slams.

As the tournament approaches, seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander mentioned the Serbian maestro will definitely be defending his Australian Open title, and perhaps this year he has an opportunity to equalize his arch-rivals’ Grand Slam count.

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic of Serbia practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Mats Wilander confident on Novak Djokovic seizing Australian Open 2021

“I would be surprised if Novak Djokovic didn’t win the men’s title (in Australia). It will be very, very hard to beat him,” Wilander said.

“Novak Djokovic has a chance to reach 20 Grand Slams this year. In fact, I think if he wants to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he has to make a big move this year because the younger ones will provide more and more challenges in the coming years.”

Eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is inching closer to break Roger Federer’s another elite record i.e., the number of weeks at the World Number One spot in the ATP Rankings.

Currently, the Belgrade-born star Djokovic has spent 306 weeks as the World Number One player, and Federer has a concrete record of 310 weeks on the apex.

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One player who can potentially stop Novak from breaking Roger’s record is the muscleman from Mallorca, Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard needs to conquer titles at ATP Cup, Australian Open, ATP 500 Rotterdam to dethrone Novak from the top and protect Roger’s precious record.

Tennis star Rafael Nadal of Spain practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Even then, Djokovic will equalize Federer’s record at 310 weeks at World Number one spot.

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