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Novak Djokovic can do the Grand Slam this year

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How exhausting it must be to win Grand Slams – just ask Novak Djokovic. The dust has barely settled in the Rod Laver Arena, the scene of his great triumph against Andy Murray on Sunday, but the Serbian star is busy facing all kinds of media duties.

While I'm sure neither he, nor his bank balance, is complaining too much, you must feel a certain amount of sympathy for the 27-year-old, who probably wants a heavy night on the tiles of Melbourne – it won't be long before he is back at home being awoken by his young child.

One of the traditional winners' duties is to hold aloft the big silver trophy in the city's surroundings whilst being followed by hundreds of photographers and fans. It was on this particular venture that Djokovic told reporters that he cannot be considered one of the greats.

A great?

It's an interesting point really, is he one of the greatest? I wrote an article shortly before the final noting that, in my opinion, that he isn't one of the greats yet but he can still catch current legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time titles list – the stats are probably the decisive factor in deciding how is and isn't 'a great'.

Perhaps it is fair to say that he doesn't possess quite the same aura of the aforementioned duo, there isn't quite the same buzz. However, that could all change this year.

THE GRAND SLAM

On the evidence of his 7-6 6-7 6-3 6-0 win over Murray in their final, and indeed the various goings-ons of the last fortnight, there is nothing to suggest that Djokovic will not only win another Grand Slam – but he can actually do the Grand Slam.

I'm not sure if that is the right term, I won't look into the technicalities of it because I think you'll know what I mean but, for those who don't, I am suggesting Djokovic can win all four of the Grand Slams this year – only three to go now.

If he does manage it, with the likes of Nadal and Federer still active, I think Djokovic has to go down as 'a great' and you wouldn't want to bet against it.

FRENCH OPEN

Federer has come closest in recent years. In fact, in three separate calendar years, the Swiss star won all of them other than the French Open; something that is likely to be Djokovic's greatest challenge too – that pesky Nadal.

However, is this finally the year that the Eastern European iceman and finally defeat his bronzed Mediterranean counterpart on the clay? Nadal is certainly struggling to find his best form but that doesn't usually matter once he gets on the dirt.

More than likely Djokovic will have to do what he has never done before and that is to beat a tip-top Nadal in Paris. It's his Everest at the moment, and he'll only be remembered as a great if he can topple that peak.

NADAL BATTLE AGAIN

So many times he has got so close but slipped at the final moment while Nadal watches on from Spanish flagpole. Surely it has to be different this time though. Djokovic cannot keep winning in Australia without managing France too.

This perhaps the most dominant he has ever been and it's perhaps the most-weak Nadal and Federer have ever been. Win at Roland Garros, then Wimbledon and the US Open become child's play for the Serbian star.

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