2006 Wimbledon semifinalist Marcos Baghdatis is rooting for Novak Djokovic to make tennis history at this year’s US Open.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, is bidding to become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.
The last man to do it was Australian tennis legend Rod Laver.
Djokovic has been absolutely dominant at the Grand Slam level this year and he is the top favorite to win it all at the US Open.
“I hope he can do it, for him. He is having an incredible season and I think he’s just doing incredible,” Baghdatis said of Djokovic, per Tennishead.
“How can he just change gears whenever he wants to? I think mentally, physically, and tennis-wise, he is the best out there.
“With that said, the mental part of his game can be so strong, but at the same time it can ruin him.
Baghdatis thinks he knows what leads to Djokovic’s occasional outbursts
Djokovic was the top favorite to win last year’s US Open but his campaign ended on an extremely unfortunate way as he got defaulted from his round-of-16 match after hitting a line judge.
At this past Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic had an outburst during his bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno Busta.
“We saw that in the Olympics and we saw that at last year’s US Open. I think he’s putting in so much energy and so much work on his mental aspect that sometimes, every now and again he has a burst of anger or frustration,” Baghdatis explained.
“I think it happens because he works so hard. He does everything off the court so well, from his nutrition to his fitness. The guy has everything to keep on playing for the next five years.
“It’s the mental side where he can sometimes have these bursts, but for me, it’s really understandable.”