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'Novak Djokovic will not miss calendar slam chance,' says Dominic Thiem

Novak Djokovic with Australian Open trophy

Dominic Thiem believes Novak Djokovic will complete the calendar slam by winning the US Open title.

Thiem is the reigning US Open champion after winning his maiden Grand Slam title in New York last year.

He will not be defending due to a wrist injury he sustained in June, while both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will also both miss the event for the second year running.

That leaves Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev as the most likely competition for Djokovic, meaning it would still be a herculean effort from the Serbian to win it.

The prize on offer is also worthy of legend, though, and if Djokovic can win the US Open he will complete a rare calendar slam (winning all four Grand Slams in the same year) as well as pulling ahead of Federer and Nadal in the career slams race.

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And that, according to Thiem, is an opportunity he just cannot see Djokovic passing up.

“I think Djokovic will do it,” Thiem said.

"Because of the Grand Slam – he has such an incredible will and because it is a chance of the century to win the Grand Slam. I think he won’t miss the chance.”

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