Novak Djokovic sounds like he is chomping at the bit for another chance winning a fourth straight Slam for a second time in his career this week at the French Open. Djokovic, who just turned 32, will also try to become the first man in the Open Era to win two Career Slams. O
Of course, all he has to do is win seven match and 28 sets, and likely beat Rafael Nadal to do it! But he can’t wait to try.
“This is the tournament I was preparing for, so to say, for last couple of months I wanted to peak in this tournament and this is where I want to play my best tennis,” Djokovic said Friday in Paris.
“I’m sure I’m not the only one, but there’s extra motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the opportunity to hold all four slams, something I did three years ago, and that gives me enough reason to believe I can do it again.”
Djokovic, who has won eight of his last nine matches, begins play Monday in Paris against Hubert Hurkacz.
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As Fed, Rafa, and Novak continue to be the bosses, the records just get broken, other greats surpassed.
Djokovic just reached 600 weeks in the Top 10. He is in 6th place, behind Lendl (647), Nadal (735), Agassi (747), Connors (814), and Federer (865).
And in Weeks in the Top 5, Djokovic is now 4th with 574 weeks, after passing Lendl (5th with 525) and Sampras. That Top 5 of names will be the same for decades, I think. At least. In front of Novak is Rafa (682), Connors (702), and Fed (788 weeks).
I’ve followed these guys (not Connors) and still, stuff like this amazes me. I saw it and I just don’t believe it is possible that Djokovic has been in the Top 5 for 11.04 years and Fed there for 15.15 years.
And Novak has now joined the Top 5 in weeks at #1. (Rafa is 6th)
And it looks like Novak will move up that list, possibly top it. Roger is 310, less than 100 weeks away from Novaks present count of 252 weeks. He’s 16 weeks behind Connors, 18 weeks behind Lendl, and 34 weeks behind Sampras.
Back in 2000, I thought Sampras ‘ 286 was unbreakable.
May 26th, 2019 at 12:03 am