ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18: Lorenzo Musetti of Italy reacts in his round three match against Dominik Koepfer of Germany during day five of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia at Foro Italico on September 18, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani - Pool/Getty Images)

Lorenzo Musetti has said that Novak Djokovic “absolutely deserved to complete the calendar Grand Slam.”

Djokovic was on the verge of creating history, as he was within spitting distance of completing a calendar Grand Slam. This would have seen him win all the four Majors in the same year.

Doing so would have seen him become the first male tennis player in over five decades to accomplish the feat since Rod Laver pulled it off in 1969. However, Djokovic fell at the final step, where he was defeated by Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.

Musetti said Djokovic “absolutely deserved to complete the calendar Grand Slam”, and talked about his opinions on the run Djokovic made towards history.

Speaking to the Italian media, as quoted by Tennis Head, Musetti said, “I thought he was immortal and instead even the greatest champions are crushed by the pressure.

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Musetti (pictured) says Djokovic deserved to win the Calendar Grand Slam. Source: tennishead.net

“I didn’t see the whole match, I admit I slept. But I saw him very, very tense. I was sorry because I cheered for him, he absolutely deserved to complete the Grand Slam, even though Medvedev played an extraordinary tournament.

“Nole is a very special person, very nice. I think he really deserved to complete the Calendar Grand Slam.” he added.

Learning from the best

Musetti is often seen training with the 20-time Grand Slam winner, and has taken a lot from the Serbian ace’s game. He praised the legendary player, and stated that out of all his tennis attributes, his attention to detail is the one that stood out the most for him.

“We talked, but not about our game. Training with him is always a privilege because you can see his way of working up close. His attention to detail is impressive,” Musetti said.

Djokovic will be disappointed with his near brush with history. However, given how he is one of the absolute best in the world today, it’s not a bad shout to suggest he can go for it again. Otherwise, there are always other records to break

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