World primary Novak Djokovic fell only one match wanting the Calendar Grand Slam accolade in 2021. Victory within the ultimate of the US Open in New York would have ensured he grew to become the primary participant to win all 4 of the lads’s huge tournaments inside the identical yr since Rod Laver final achieved the feat in 1969.
Sadly, Djokovic wasn’t fairly as energetic within the ultimate towards Daniil Medvedev. Nothing ought to be taken away from the Russian, as he was wonderful in his maiden Grand Slam success, but it was the Serbian who was anticipated to prevail.
It’s actually been a yr like no different for Djokovic: not solely has he needed to endure three lengthy Grand Slam occasions, however he additionally travelled to Tokyo to characteristic within the Olympics, which was removed from excellent preparation for the ultimate Grand Slam of the yr.
Heading into 2022, Djokovic stays the participant to beat within the males’s sport. The primary problem shall be consistency as, if the Serbian is to have a shot of successful the Calendar Grand Slam once more, he should first stay match all through the season. He’ll should be on the high of his sport in any respect 4 occasions. It’ll be a giant ask but when anyone can do it, it’s Nole.
Because it stands, he’s the odds-on favorite, staked at 2.20 in accordance with bookmaker websites in Australia, for the opening Grand Slam of the yr, the Australian Open. For reference, Djokovic has already has gained that occasion 9 occasions, so it’s a match he’s greater than accustomed to. Totally different bookmakers will present completely different providers, so websites equivalent to this assist potential bettors.
French Open Performances Will Encourage Djokovic
Djokovic’s document clearly exhibits that he’s fared a lot better on exhausting courts and grass all through his profession. Nevertheless, he did win the French Open for the second time final season, following some wonderful performances at Roland-Garros.
The 2021 French Open winner beat the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, within the semi-final, which eradicated the defending champion. He then got here from two units down within the ultimate to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
As evident, Djokovic has positively improved on clay over the previous couple of years and seems rather more snug on the floor than he did within the early levels of his profession. The 34-year-old will relish the problem of defending his crown in 2022 in Paris.
When The Disappointment Fades, He’ll Replicate On A Robust 12 months
Given how shut he was to creating historical past, Djokovic is certain to be upset for a while and it might be unsurprising if that defeat to Medvedev performed on his thoughts for some time. As soon as he does recover from it, nevertheless, he’ll be capable of replicate on what has been one other sturdy yr.
The group at Flushing Meadows have been proper behind Djokovic within the ultimate and he stated after the sport how a lot that meant to him. It seems the general public notion of the participant, who has dominated males’s tennis over the past decade, is altering with extra individuals than ever now behind him.
Djokovic can nonetheless utilise the remainder of the yr if he prevails within the ATP Tour finals. He’ll then put together for an additional shot on the Calendar Grand Slam in 2022, the place his problem will start in Melbourne in January.