Novak Djokovic has dominated the entire 2021 season without any doubt. The Serbian is undefeated in 9 matches on Hardcourts and 7 matches on Grass. Of the 21 matches he has played on Clay courts, he has won 18 of them. After his win at the Wimbledon 2021 where he lifted his 3rd consecutive Wimbledon trophy, he is 34-3 for the season across all surfaces.
Novak came to the All-England Club for the 2021 Wimbledon where he was the defending champion for 2 years and was successful in yet another title defence as he won his 20th Grand Slam to tie with his fellow Big-3 members Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles each.
With his title run at Wimbledon, Djokovic recorded his 9th season with at least 21 wins in Grand Slams and extended his own record which previously stood at 8 seasons with at least 21 Grand Slam wins. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are tied on 6 seasons each while British great Andy Murray is 3rd with 3 seasons where he was able to win at least 21 matches in Grand Slams.
Novak Djokovic on course for a Golden Slam
Novak was the defending champion at the 2021 Australian Open and went on to defend his title successfully to win his record 9th title in Melbourne. This was Novak’s 3rd title in Australia on the trot winning the Grand Slam in 2019, 2020 and again in 2021. Novak has an impressive record at the Australian Open, having won all 9 of his semi-finals and finals at the Grand Slam.
Novak then had a long clay season, his longest since 2009 when he played 23 matches on the surface. It proved fruitful for the Serbian who went on to win the 2021 French Open to complete the Career Slam for a 2nd time. Djokovic defeated defending champion and ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal in a tight 4-setter semi-final before coming from 2-sets down in the finals to win his 2nd French Open.
Novak Djokovic could become the first male player to achieve the Golden Slam. Golden Slam is achieved when a player wins all 4 Grand Slams in a single year along with the Gold Medal in the Summer Olympics. The coin was termed back in 1988 when Steffi Graf won all the 4 Grand Slams and the Gold medal in the same year.
No player has since achieved the feat and Novak could become the second player in history and first male player to do so if he is able to win the Gold Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and then goes on to win the 2021 US Open. Even if he is able to win the Gold Medal, he would become the 3rd male player to achieve the Career Golden Slam after Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal.