World No.1 Novak Djokovic created history by winning his 20th grandslam after beating Matteo Berrettini in the final of Wimbledon 2021. He won Wimbledon for the third consecutive time and dropped just 2 sets throughout the fortnight. Such was his dominance, that former players and fans are putting him ahead of Nadal and Federer in the GOAT debate.
But former Wimbledon champion, Pat Cash believes that Djokovic wasn’t challenged enough due to a poor field. He said that this Wimbledon’s men’s draw was one of the weakest he has been in recent years.
He said: “This year, it was always a great opportunity for him to grab a bunch of grandslams. Wimbledon this year, without disrespecting the other players is one of the weaker men’s draws that I have seen in many many years. It’s because we’ve got two of the big stars coming back from injuries- Andy Murray and Roger Federer, who are at the end of their career.”
Cash said that their is noone to challenge Novak was the NextGen is not quite there yet and believes that Djokovic has a perfect opportunity to complete his calendar slam this year.
“The younger players are coming through and are not quite there yet and Novak is just sitting at the top of the mountain as the king of the castle,” he said.
“So this is the year Novak could really grab the impossible dream, he’s there! The Olympics, maybe he wants to do well, but certainly now his goal is to win all four grandslams in the calendar year. It’s not easy to do, but I really do think it’s in his sights and that is got to be his priority. It’s the peak of our sport to win all 4 grandslams in one year.”
Novak Djokovic on the verge of creating history
Djokovic has won all 3 grandslams this year and will be looking to win the US Open and complete the calendar slams. If he win in New York, he will become only the second player after Rod Laver to win all 4 majors in a years.
He will also want to become the first player to complete a golden slam- win all 4 majors and the Olympic gold in a calendar year. However, the chances of Djokovic competing at Tokyo are thin, given the coronavirus pandemic.