Becker and McEnroe assess Djokovic’s chances of winning Calendar Grand Slam

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Becker and McEnroe assess Djokovic's chances of winning Calendar Grand Slam



Novak Djokovic is chasing a ‘Novak Slam’ in Paris (Picture: Getty Images)Novak Djokovic means business.
With Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open already wrapped up, the world No. 1 is on course for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.
Incredibly, he has held all four majors at once in the past – completing the set when defeating Andy Murray in the 2016 French Open final – and he has already stormed into the quarter-finals in Paris.
The Serbian 15-time Grand Slam champion, who has not dropped a set en route to the quarter-finals, won’t be looking beyond securing the clay-court major on Sunday but should he triumph on Philippe-Chatrier, his attention will likely turn to completing the Calendar Grand Slam.
Rod Laver was the last man to achieve the feat, back in 1969, while Don Budge also completed the set in 1938.

McEnroe thinks Djokovic has a good shot (Picture: Getty Images)American great John McEnroe thinks Djokovic will have a ‘pretty good shot’ at joining that elite three-man club if he gets over the line in Paris.
‘Well, the Calendar Slam? I wouldn’t have rated his chances very good winning four in a row,’ Eurosport pundit McEnroe said. ‘If we had had this same conversation a year ago, I don’t know if there would have been a single person in here that would have said: “You know, he’s about to win four in a row.”
‘The good news everything seems settles in a beautiful space for him to allow him to do this thing on the court.
‘So, if he was to win this… things are different in his life and where he’s head is at. You would think that would mean he has a pretty good shot at (achieving it).’
One man who knows Djokovic better than most is Boris Becker.

Becker discussed Djokovic’s chances (Picture: Getty)The German was part of Team Djokovic when the 32-year-old last held all four Grand Slam titles but believes the ‘Novak Slam’ would be just as impressive as winning all four majors in the same calendar year.
‘He’s going for his Slam, we can’t emphasise that enough,’ Becker added. ‘He is unbeaten in his last three majors.
‘After we split up, he went through a phase of re-finding his love for the game, his re-focus, and he’s done that. I think he is very focused again. I think he plays very well. The question is, how long can he carry it?
‘Winning four majors in a row in any sort of sequence is unbelievable. I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on the Calendar Slam because then you’re going to say, can he win two calendar slams or can he walk on water?
‘For him to win three majors in a row and go for a fourth, which I call the Novak Slam, is unbelievable.’

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