After closing out the 2015 Australian Open in tremendous championship glory, Novak Djokovic could well be on the quest for tennis history with a rare 4-peat in the year’s Grand Slams. While he certainly still has a long way to go, the Serbian star is in the prime of his career, is ranked #1 worldwide, and has now won the last two major tournaments he’s competed in (including the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals).
Nobody, man or woman, has completed this true tennis Grand Slam since 1988, when Germany’s Steffi Graf took the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open in one grand sweep. And therefore, we would have to question any likelihood of “ The Joker” completing the feat. But current circumstances could sway in his favor.
Roger Federer isn’t getting younger and hasn’t gone the distance in a 5-set Grand Slam tournament since 2012. Rafael Nadal seems ill and lost for fitness, suggesting a potential French Open upset (Nadal has won this title 9 of the past 10 years). Meanwhile the young up-and-comers like Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori are still a bit inexperienced and perhaps not ready to claim a major. The other true contender is Andy Murray, who looks set to return to form in 2015 after a run to the Aussie Open final, though Djokovic beat him there squarely.
Another stat pointing in Novak’s favor is that he has reached the semifinal or further in 18 of his last 19 Grand Slam tournaments. That’s an insane figure and shows his true domination of men’s tennis. Djokovic nearly managed to win all 4 majors in 2011 when he took 3 (excluding the French Open). He may just be able to complete the whole task in 2015! Watch him live by getting tickets for major tennis tournaments right here!
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