‘Novak Djokovic will win Calendar Slam but not the Golden Slam,’ says tennis legend

Novak Djokovic has a good chance of winning all four majors, but an Olympic gold might be out of reach according to tennis legend John McEnroe.

Djokovic has already bagged the first two Slams of the year in Australia and France and is looking solid going into the quarterfinals of Wimbledon where he is top seed.

The Serbian has made no secret of the fact that he is targeting the Calendar Slam, winning all four majors in one season, which was last achieved over 50 years ago by Rod Laver in 1969.

The world number one has also admitted to having an eye on the Golden Slam, which would be all four majors plus an Olympic Gold medal, a feat that only Steffi Graf has ever achieved.

John McEnroe believes Djokovic is on track for the Wimbledon title and thinks he has a very good chance of achieving his first target, the Calendar Slam.

“He (Djokovic) still looks like the champion,” McEnroe told the BBC.

“That doesn’t automatically mean it’s going to happen but I take him over the field.

“I think he’s going to win the [calendar year] Grand Slam. This is the 50th time he has been in a Grand Slam quarter-final – are you kidding me?

“This is crazy stuff that we’ve been witnessing in the last 10-15 years with these three guys [Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer].”

However, McEnroe believes the Olympic Gold may be a step too far, although he admits Djokovic is playing arguably better than ever right now.

“This is my personal opinion, he [Djokovic] is going to lose at the Olympics. It’s all best-of-three [until the gold medal match] and it’s tough to get back up that fast,” McEnroe said.

“Maybe someone will surprise him and and then it will wake him up for the US Open and he’ll win it all – which will be monumental. Federer or Nadal haven’t done it [the calendar Grand Slam] either.

“It’s been 50-odd years since Rod Laver did it in 1969. Novak did hold all four in a row at one stage [from Wimbledon 2015 to Roland Garros 2016].

“I’ll take that any day of the week along with any other player. This is crazy that he’s been this consistently good and arguably better than ever at this age.”

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