World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia will take on second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia late on Sunday night in the final of the US Open. If Djokovic wins this match, he will become the male player to have won the most Grand Slam tournaments. He is currently tied with Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Switzerland’s Rose Federer. The names of all three are 20-20 Grand Slams.
Apart from this, Djokovic will also make a calendar slam if he wins the US Open. Winning all four Grand Slam tournaments of tennis in the same year is called Calendar Slam. The last time in men’s players this feat was done by Australia’s Rod Laver in 1969. Laver also scored a calendar slam in 1962. Germany’s Steffi Graf achieved this feat for the last time among female players in 1988. That is, a victory in the final of the US Open will put Djokovic in the category of Greatest of All Time (GOAT).
US Open final to play for 9th time
Djokovic defeated Germany’s Alexey Zverev on Friday to reach the final of US Open. They have reached the finals of this tournament for the 9th time. This is the 31st Grand Slam final of his career overall. Djokovic is a three-time US Open champion.
Most Australian Open titles
Djokovic has got the most success in the Australian Open. He has won the men’s singles title at the Australian Open 9 times so far. He has won 6 times at Wimbledon and thrice at the US Open. He has won the fewest titles at the French Open. In Paris, he has been able to become champion twice.
Djokovic, who is heavy on both Nadal and Federer in Head to Head, is placed along with Nadal and Federer in the list of all-time great players of tennis. However, Djokovic has had the upper hand in the mutual match against these two players. He has played 58 matches against Nadal so far. Djokovic has 30 wins and Nadal has 28 matches. Djokovic has played 50 matches against Federer so far. Of these, Djokovic has won 27 and Federer has won 23.
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