Djokovic aims for first calendar Slam for 52 years in US Open final
New York: Novak Djokovic will attempt to win the first calendar-year men’s singles Grand Slam since 1969 in Sunday’s US Open final and make his case to be considered the greatest player in tennis history. The 34-year-old Serbian world number one faces Russia’s second-ranked Daniil Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the biggest match of a career that has brought him 20 Slam trophies. “I’m going to treat this match as it’s my last one because it’s arguably the most important one of my career,” Djokovic said. Djokovic will try to complete the first sweep of US, Australian and French Open and Wimbledon titles in the same year since Australian legend Rod Laver managed the feat 52 years ago. “Excitement is there,” Djokovic said. “Motivation is there, without a doubt. Probably more than ever. But I have one more to go.” Laver, 83, will be in the stands to see if Djokovic can finish the fourth Slam in men’s history after American Don Budge in 1938 and Laver in 1962 and 1969. “For sure he’s going to feel the pressure a little bit about it,” said Medvedev. “From the other side, that’s what going to make him be even better in tough moments.” – AFP