The 20-time Grand Slam winner could become the first man to do so since Rod Laver in 1969. Djokovic would become the third man to hold a Grand Slam title to his name, after Laver (who also ran a Grand Slam in 1962) and Don Badge ( in 1938).
“I feel very inspired to play my best here,” the Serbian said in the run-up to his first-round match against Dan-Holger Ron. “I don’t want to say this now or it never suits me because I think I will have more chances in my life to win Grand Slams.”
“I don’t know if I will get a chance to win all the Grand Slams in one calendar year. That’s why it’s a very unique opportunity. But I shouldn’t put any extra pressure on myself.”
“It’s what you’ve been doing all your life, day in and day out,” the three-time US Open champion continued. “To put yourself in a unique position to win Grand Slam tournaments and make history. In the end, I am a huge fan of tennis, a fan of history. I admire the sport. I love it. I have this opportunity now and I am going to try to understand.”
“I can’t wait. Honestly, I’m so excited to play my best tennis. But I have to shoot one ball at a time. Somehow I have a leading star, the dream of winning a Grand Slam tournament here, which of course will result in a major tournament. I Undoubtedly very inspiring and enthusiastic. But at the same time I know how to maintain mental balance, with all these expectations.”
At Wimbledon, Djokovic claimed his 20th Grand Slam title, and tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. They are not in New York because of injuries. The 34-year-old is hoping to top the list for the most Grand Slam titles after the US Open.
Djokovic will return to Flushing Meadows for the first time since he was disqualified in the eighth final against Pablo Carreno Busta last year after he hit a cross in an assist direction out of frustration.
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