In a lengthy interview, former ATP number 5 Fernando Gonzalez said nice words for Novak Djokovic.
Gonzalez told: “Novak Djokovic came very close to making the Calendar Grand Slam last year, we all cheered for him. It would have been a terrific feat. The pressure was enormous and he presented him with the bill in the US Open final. . I was very sorry, because I was hoping to see someone do such a feat. “
The Chilean also spoke of Rafael Nadal’s amazing start to the season: “By now he no longer surprises me. Almost no one thought that he would be competitive after the age of 30, instead he has denied everyone to the sound of victories.
When he took his first steps on the tour, he was considered a clay specialist and no one was giving him a chance at Wimbledon. He has managed to establish himself twice in London and I could go on for hours. If he hadn’t been hurt before the semi-final against Kyrgios, maybe he would still be in contention for the Calendar Grand Slam.”
Djokovic and the Grand Slam
Last year, Novak Djokovic went one step closer to becoming the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to complete the Calendar Grand Slam. The dream of the Serbian champion was shattered in the final of the US Open, clearly lost against Daniil Medvedev.
Fatigue and enormous pressure played a terrible joke on Nole, who was never able to express his tennis at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Despite having the support of the New York public, the former world number 1 had to bow to the Russian in three sets.
2022 did not start well for the 35-year-old from Belgrade, who paid dearly for his choice not to get vaccinated against Coronavirus. Djokovic could not defend the title at the Australian Open and suffered serious damage to their image as a result of that absurd soap opera.
Novak didn’t shine at the Roland Garros, but he managed to make sense of his season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career.