The records that await Novak Djokovic in 2021
First Published Jan 7, 2021, 8:05 AM IST
Novak Djokovic hails from Serbia and is a 17-time Grand Slam champion. He holds the record of winning most Australian Open titles, on eight occasions. He is also on the verge of breaking the record of being number one for the most number of weeks.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of the modern era. Having won 17 Grand Slam titles, he shows no signs of slowing down and is hungry to win more.
Although delays and tournament cancellations marred 2020, he did manage to script some records. He also extended his record of winning the most Australian Open titles, on eight occasions.
The year 2021 too has a lot in store for him. In the same light, we take a look at the records he could script this year.
Most Slams: Although it looks unreal, Djokovic has the chance of finishing the year with the most Slam titles. Currently on 17, in case he manages to win all the four Slams of the year, he would leapfrog to 21, thus overtaking the current record holders, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are on 20 each.
Golden Slam: Not just the Grand Slams, Djokovic also has the chance of becoming the first male player and the second tennis player in the history to win a Golden Slam in a year. Provided he even wins gold in the Tokyo Olympics this year, Djokovic would attain the glorious feat. In case he manages just to win the gold in Tokyo, he would complete his career Golden Slam, thus becoming the third male player to do so, after Andre Agassi and Nadal.
Most weeks as No. 1: Djokovic is currently ranked number one and is just eight weeks away from scripting history. Provided he holds on to the spot for these eight weeks; he would become the player to stay at the top for the most number of weeks. The record for the same is currently held by Federer (310).
Most year-end finishes as No. 1: Djokovic finished 2020 as the world number one on record-equalling sixth occasions, as he levelled the feat with Pete Sampras. Meanwhile, if he manages to do it again this year, he would surpass the latter, thus etching his name in the history books.
Double Slam: Djokovic has won most of the Slams on multiple occasions, barring the French Open, which he has won just once. Provided he wins at Roland Garros this year, he would become the first male player to win each Slam at least twice, provided Nadal does not win the AO before, which would make the latter the first.
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