Is Novak Djokovic favorite to win a Golden Slam after Rafael Nadal’s decision to withdraw from Wimbledon 2021?

Novak Djokovic has an opportunity to claim the Golden Slam this year, given that he has already won the Australian and French Open 2021.

Is Novak Djokovic favorite to win a Golden Slam?
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic claimed his second French Open title this year, after his victory over the Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals. The Serbian also claimed the Australian Open title earlier this year, and will look forward to win the Wimbledon and US Open 2021 in the coming months.

Novak Djokovic will probably have his last chance to win an Olympic Singles Gold Medal this year in Tokyo. The Serbian has managed to win the Bronze medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics, but has failed to win a Gold medal.

Rafael Nadal made a huge decision to withdraw from Wimbledon 2021 and Tokyo Olympics this year, which makes it easier for the Serbian to complete his Golden Slam. A Golden Slam is one of the rarest feats to achieve in tennis, given that only one player, Steffi Graff has managed to achieve it so far. A Golden Slam is achieved when a player wins all four Grandslams and the Olympics in a single calendar year.

Is Novak Djokovic favorite to win a Golden Slam?

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has a good opportunity to complete his Golden Slam this year, given that he has already won two of the four slams. The Serbian will enter the Wimbledon 2021 as the favorite, given that he is the defending champion. The Serbian defeated Roger Federer in the finals of Wimbledon in 2019 in a thrilling five set final.

Roger Federer is returning from a year long knee injury, whereas, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the tournament. In this case, the Serbian has a clear path in front of him to claim the title. None of the NextGen stars have much experience playing on grass, which gives Djokovic a clear advantage.

Winning the Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal will be a tough task for Novak Djokovic. The Olympics always throws up new surprises and as a result, winning the Gold Medal is not a assured thing. Although, Rafael Nadal has also backed out of Tokyo Olympics, yet winning the Gold will be an uphill task, given that the passion and drive to win a medal for your country is present in almost all athletes. Moreover, Djokovic has not confirmed that he would compete in Tokyo, and may rest himself for the American hard court season that follows in August.

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