When it comes to Grand Slam titles in tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are all sitting pretty on the top of the standings. Going into the 2021 US Open, all three men were on 20 titles apiece, however, Djokovic currently looks like the only man capable of not only going ahead in the standings but also pulling well clear of his close rivals.
2021: The Year of Djokovic
Having already won the Australian Open, French Open and the Wimbledon title this year, it was unsurprising to see that Djokovic has been hailed as the odds-on favourite in the US Open tennis odds from Betfair at 8/11. A player of his stature, there will have been few in the US Open betting tips to argue against the Serbian star’s capability to land his 21st Grand Slam title in the highly-anticipated tournament at Flushing Meadows. Yet regardless of the outcome at the final Grand Slam of the year, Djokovic has shown he has the form to dominate the sport for the foreseeable future.
While others may have focused their efforts on simply dominating on their favoured surface, Djokovic has consistently worked on his game across the board over the years and is now reaping all the rewards. It genuinely appears that the 34-year-old doesn’t have a ‘weak’ surface to play on, making him a formidable figure across the Grand Slam events.
Nadal and Federer Could Get Left Behind
There’s no doubting the standing Nadal and Federer have in the history of tennis: the pair have been part of what has been considered a golden age for the sport, in which they have a remarkable 40 Grand Slam titles between them. The titanic tussles between these two competitors have produced some of the most iconic matches that the sport has ever witnessed and is largely the reason why both men have such a massive, international following.
Djokovic was the relative newcomer, looking to crash in on the Nadal-Federer party, when he truly announced himself on the world stage with his first Grand Slam win in the Australian Open, back in 2008. The Belgrade-born star hasn’t really looked back since and having played catch-up for so many years, he’s the one who looks like he can pull away in the Grand Slam standings. Federer has questioned whether he will be able to return to the biggest stages, as he continues to struggle with knee injuries, while Nadal has also spent a considerable time out on the sidelines injured.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has continued to go about his business and looks like he won’t be giving up his top spot in the world rankings anytime soon. The veteran will be looking for a clean sweep of the Grand Slam titles in 2021 with victory at the US Open. Even if he does fall short of that landmark achievement, he will undoubtedly have plenty of backers for the first slam of 2022 at the Australian Open.
Djokovic has winning momentum and confidence on his side, which as he’s shown in the past, means trouble for his rivals for the foreseeable future.