Marion Bartoli has backed Novak Djokovic to make history at the US Open by winning a calendar Grand Slam.
The last Grand Slam eve of this season will begin on August 30, and ends on September 12. However, some big names are set to miss out. Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal have all backed out due to injury. This is a bummer for the fans, but it is good news for the Serbian ace.
This time, fans will be in attendance, and Djokovic will want to go all the way. He already triumphed at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. If he wins the US Open, he will be the first man since Rod Laver to complete a calendar Grand Slam.
Bartoli is backing Djokovic to make history at the US Open. Having studied the conditions and the opposition, she is certain that Djokovic would win his 21st Grand Slam.
“I would not understand if we do not place him as a big favourite. For me he is the big favourite,” Bartoli siad, as reported by Tennis World USA.
“It’s a little easier. He has a day off between each match, he has time to think about each victory, he has time to rest before the next game. I think the Grand Slams are definitely playing in favour of Novak Djokovic.”
“He will try to win a 21st Grand Slam title and be the first to reach this level. I think his motivation will be at its peak and he has the game to win on hard, he has proven it time and time again. To be honest, I can’t see him failing to win the US Open,” she concluded.
The stars seem to have aligned to the Serbian at last. With Federer, Nadal and himself locked in a three-way tie at 20 Grand Slams each, Djokovic has the chance to go one step ahead.
The debate for the greatest tennis player of all time is still wide open. If Djokovic manages to win #21, the debate may get more compact in his favour.