To be considered the greatest tennis player of this era, Novak Djokovic would have to win all four grand slam titles in one calendar year. The world number one is rarely mentioned when the topic of the greatest tennis player of this era is discussed.
The reason may be because of Roger Federer, who has won a record 17 grand slam singles titles. Don’t forget the Spaniard, Rafael Nadal. who has won an amazing nine French open titles.
Federer and Nadal have won all four of the grand slam titles and have set the bar very high. Djokovic only needs to win the French open to join this select group who has won the prestigious career grand slam.
He came so close in 2014, only losing to Rafael Nadal in an epic final at Roland Garros. The last tennis player to win all four grand slams in one calendar year was Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969. He is considered the greatest tennis player of his generation.
At present, grand slam tournaments are played on four different surfaces so it would be very appropriate to assume that the greatest player of this era would win all four grand slams in one calendar year.
The Australian open is played on plexicushion, the French open is played on clay, Wimbledon is played on grass and the U.S open is played on hard courts. Winning the Australian open final against Andy Murray means that Novak Djokovic has won a record five Australian open titles and has now collected eight grand slam titles in his career.
The world number one has an amazing ability to change his game plan when things are not going his way. He may be the first player since Rod Laver to win all four grand slam titles in a calendar year.