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Novak Djokovic Golden Slam ‘very much on’ as Serb looks to surpass Nadal and Federer | Tennis | Sport

Novak Djokovic has been backed to win an unprecedented Golden Slam this year following his triumph at the French Open. Djokovic came from behind to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros last weekend and is now eyeing a third major of the year at Wimbledon.

Victory at the French Open means the Serb is now just one major title short of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s totals of 20.

Nadal, who was beaten by Djokovic in the semi-finals in France, has pulled out of Wimbledon and the Olympics to recuperate after a challenging clay-court season.

Federer is still trying to reach full fitness following knee surgery and was beaten by Felix Auger Aliassime in the last 16 at the Halle Open on Wednesday.

Djokovic is therefore favourite for Wimbledon, which gets underway on June 28, and will also be targeting a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics later in the summer.

Having already won the Australian and French Open titles this year, Djokovic is on course to win an unprecedented Golden Slam by winning all the majors and an Olympic gold medal in a single calendar year.

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“Now, he does get a bit gnarly at times on court but he’s an athlete that’s able to focus that into what he needs to do to get the result done.

“That final, to come back against Tsitsipas, [was a] fantastic effort from him. And he’s just freshening up, he’s down in Mallorca on grass courts getting ready as his preparation for Wimbledon.

“He most definitely goes in a heavy, heavy favourite for Wimbledon.”

Federer has competed in just four tournaments since January 2020 and Woodbridge believes his lack of game time could count against him at Wimbledon.

“His fitness is fine but he’s lacking match play,” the 16-time Grand Slam doubles champion said.

“That time away from the game is not easy and in Halle, in his lead-in tournament, [he] went out to Felix Auger-Aliassime, the young Canadian.

“He’ll be disappointed not getting more matches under his belt on the grass.

“The hardest part about Halle, absolutely zero crowds, and that’s not good for Roger. He feeds off that and I think when he’s playing against opponents, they also feel that the crowd goes for him.”

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