Can Novak Finally Claim The Career Grand Slam?

May 28, 2015

With the 2015 French Open now well underway the big question still on the lips of most tennis fans is whether or not the world No.1 Novak Djokovic can finally claim the elusive career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in the next ten days, Djokovic has made a solid start to his quest for glory in Paris and he should comfortably dispatch his next opponent, Thanasi Kokkanakis in the third round, but the much anticipated quarter-final showdown between Novak and the nine-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal is eagerly awaited by all, it would certainly be a deflating feeling for the entire tournament organisers, and fans in general, if these two giants of the game don’t get to square off in the last eight.

Djokovic is the current Wimbledon and Australian Open champion and has a fantastic 35-2 record in 2015, his only losses (Karlovic@Doha, Federer@Dubai) this season have come early in the year and the 8-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t been toppled since his runner-up finish in Dubai at the end of February, but he must now dethrone Nadal, the greatest clay court player of all time, in the quarter-finals of the French Open before he even considers claiming the one elusive major title to thus far elude him, the 28 year old Serb is in the form of his life, he is now a husband and father and life seems like it couldn’t get much better for Nole, however the Serb will be well aware of how quickly things can change in the world of tennis, form, fitness, health and injuries can all play a part in deciding who will end up being crowned champion in Paris on the first Sunday in June.

Djokovic definitely deserves to be the favourite for the men’s championship this year, however his expected quarter-final match-up with Nadal may require more mental energy at that stage of a tournament than either player has been used too for quite some time, if Novak can get through his clash with Nadal and have plenty left in the physical and mental tank, the Belgrade native will then be well placed for a big tilt at claiming his place among the greats of the game in the men’s championship decider on the final Sunday in Paris, in many ways, Djokovic may feel that he has to play two GS finals within the space of a week due to the calibre of his potential opponent in the quarter-finals, victory against Nadal will not guarantee success at Roland Garros this year for Novak, will that play on his mind at all if he does indeed beat Rafa in a last eight clash, only time will tell.

Written by: Tono

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