World No.1 Novak Djokovic clinched titles at the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon this year. Serbian has needed to win the US Open to become the second male player to triumph all Grand Slam in a year since Rod Laver in 1969.
Amidst the debates and anticipations, Djokovic’s coach and the 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic believed that his pupil would also claim a title at the upcoming US Open 2021.
“Everything is possible. I’m not going to say (he will reach) 30 (Grand Slams) because it’s a long way. But five, six, seven years ago, we were talking about (Roger) Federer, only about Federer. Now you have (Rafael) Nadal and him competing (for) who is going to be the best ever,” Ivanisevic said in an interview after Wimbledon 2021.
“For me, Novak is the best ever. He’s writing history. He’s going to do it (at the) US Open. I strongly believe he’s going to do it. He’s going to win all four in one year,” Croatian added.
Working With Novak Djokovic Is A Privilege And An Honour, says Goran Ivanisevic
Djokovic added the former World No.2 from Croatia to his coach team on 30th June 2019. Since then, Serbian won five Grand Slam titles out of the six final appearances.
Ivanisevic continued, “Working with him is a privilege, an honour, it’s everything, but it’s not easy. It’s a lot of pressure. (Making the) final is not good enough. We count only wins. It’s pressure. It’s not easy. But it’s fun. It’s a challenge. He is writing history. Unbelievable.”
Croatian also emphasised, “When he won (Roland Garros), he came here very confident, played with a lot of confidence, and played well. In some matches, he didn’t play well but still won. That’s why he’s such a champion.”
Speaking about calendar-year Grand Slam, Djokovic’s coach expressed, “We are from (the) Balkans. (For)people from (the) Balkans, everything is possible. When nobody expects anything, we create everything. We are very, very special, special people there.”
Notably, the US Open 2021 will occur from 30th August to 12th September in Flushing Meadows, New York City. In the last year, No.1 seed Novak Djokovic was eliminated from the tournament after accidentally hitting a line official in the throat with a tennis ball during his fourth-round match against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.