Novak Djokovic aims for rare golden slam: Novak Djokovic has accomplished so much in his career — and, indeed, already this year. He owns 12 Grand Slam singles titles, a total eclipsed by only three men in the long history of tennis. He has won four consecutive major tournaments, something only two other men ever did. He leads the tour in wins (44-3 record) and titles (six) in 2016.
“Immediately after Wimbledon my focus will be on the Olympic Games and I will do my best to get a good rest first and then start fully serious preparations for Rio,” the world No.1 said.
“I will do my best to win the gold, but other players are coming to Brazil with the same objective.
“There is no bigger event in sport than Olympics, it’s a huge honour being part of it. I look forward to it.”
World No.4 Nadal, missing Wimbledon with a wrist injury, also confirmed he would be going to Rio, saying: “I will be there and that’s the most important thing, but I do not know how my level of tennis would be. What I am doing at the moment is working every day to compete well again.”
No male player, and only Steffi Graf on the women’s side, has ever achieved the “Golden Slam”: winning all four major titles and Olympic singles gold in a single year.
Djokovic has the opportunity to achieve the calendar year Golden Slam — winning all four majors as well as the Olympic gold between January and December. He won the Australian Open in January. The calendar year Golden Slam been done only once before, by Germany’s Steffi Graf in 1988, the first year tennis was included in the Olympics.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I really think everything is achievable in life,” Djokovicsaid following his win in Paris. “Whether or not I can reach a calendar slam, that’s still a possibility.
The closest anyone has come to matching Graf was 2013 when Bob and Mike Bryan achieved the non-calendar year Golden Slam. The American duo won gold in the men’s doubles event at the 2012 London Olympics in August followed by four consecutive Grand Slam championships, finishing with Wimbledon the following July.