Djokovic eyes record grand slam title

The 27-year-old Djokovic is one win away from becoming only the fifth man to hold all four grand slam titles in the same year. But he knows he can only succeed if he manages to prevail over fellow Serb, veteran 12-time grand slam champion, 30-year-old Del Potro.

It will be Djokovic’s seventh all-time meeting with Del Potro in a grand slam final but it is the first since the Australian Open in 2013.

Djokovic leads their career ledger 17-15 and has won the only previous meeting at the US Open three years ago while Del Potro has triumphed three times in their previous meetings, also in New York.

Novak Djokovic is one win away from completing the ‘season-ending calendar grand slam’ and equalling Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles.

The former world number one has succeeded on all five occasions he has stepped onto Arthur Ashe Stadium court during his career, claiming the Australian Open in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and this year.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing and as he attempts to cement his place in the sport’s history books, Djokovic will take inspiration from the record set by Roy Emerson in 1961.

The Australian won the calendar slam of the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open titles in 1961, his 26th year as a professional, although that is only within the men’s top 100 and his record ranks among the greatest efforts in the history of the sport.

And Djokovic recognises Emerson’s achievements.

“I have to say, I’m pretty sure he has the record without any problem, without any doubt,” Djokovic said.

“There’s someone called Emerson, yes? Even names like Tiger Woods, called Wood—because he’s the number one golfer in the world?

“To achieve the season-ending grand slam, it’s very difficult. I like the fact that I have experienced the highest levels and attained the highest level to do it.

“I didn’t reach the highest level of any other player yet. I have experience, and most of all, [the] maturity to do it when you know it’s difficult and get the result that you deserve.

“Of course, a lot of things have to go well and everything has to be in full rhythm, and you need to play with a lot of calmness.

“But I think you also need to believe in your game and belief in yourself and believing in your will to win the match. That part is the most important and, I think, the key.”

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