Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic showed off the Norman Brookes Trophy in Melbourne on Monday, but the world number one’s sights have already shifted to winning the one major trophy he is yet to lift – the French Open.
Should Djokovic win the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy this year, which is awarded to the men’s singles champion at Roland Garros, the Serb would hold all four grand slam titles simultaneously.
World number one women’s player Serena Williams has managed the feat of winning tennis’ four majors successively on two occasion, a feat dubbed “Serena Slam”. Speaking in Melbourne after winning the Australian Open for the sixth time, Djokovic has already decided what he will name the male equivalent of Williams’ effort should he win in Paris in June.
“Joker Slam. Not bad, I like that one,” the 11-time major winning told the media after his straight sets win over Andy Murray.
Djokovic has managed to reach the final at Roland Garros in three of the last four years. On two of those occasions he was ousted by nine-time winner there Rafael Nadal and in 2015, the Serb ran into a rampant Stan Wawrinka.
He is widely considered as the best player on all surfaces – hard courts, grass and clay – and much like 2015, when he narrowly missed out on achieving the calendar year Grand Slam, the 28-year-old is once again in with a chance of achieving the most difficult feat in tennis.
No man has managed that since Rod Laver did so for a second time in 1969, and the Australian legend believes Djokovic may well do so this time around.
“Novak certainly has a chance,” Laver commented.
Former world number one Jim Courier is another who believes Djokovic is destined to write his name into the record books this year.
“For the first time in as long as I can remember, the same player is the favourite at all four Majors,” the American told USA Today.
Djokovic also has the unique chance to win the ‘Golden Slam’ – winning the Olympic gold medal along with the Grand Slam – a feat only ever achieved by Steffi Graf in 1988.
With the August Olympics in mind, though, tennis analyst Robbie Koenig feels the US Open may well be the hardest for Djokovic to win in 2016.
“How all the players manage their schedules and who comes out the best from the Olympics,” Koenig said.
“But I’ve never felt so strongly at the start of any season, even in all the years I’ve been commentating with (Roger) Federer and Nadal, that a guy could win all four majors.”