Besides the U.S. Open, where Djokovic will go for the Slam starting on Aug. 30, there is still the men’s singles competition at the Tokyo Olympics that begin on July 24. Djokovic has said he is undecided on whether to play in the Olympics for Serbia. If he won a gold medal and the U.S. Open, the feat would be called the Golden Slam. Only Graf in 1988 has done it, but tennis was not part of the Games for the Grand Slams of Budge, Laver, Connolly and Court.
As Nadal and Federer have faded and younger stars have been slow to emerge, Djokovic occupies a dominant position in the men’s game at age 34.
Djokovic lost five sets in his seven matches at the Australian Open and six sets at the French. But at Wimbledon, he dropped just two, and despite losing the first set of the final in a tie break to Matteo Berrettini, he was never in serious difficulty. He is 34-3 on the year.
Djokovic is listed as the favorite for the U.S. Open at even money, indicating that bettors and oddsmakers give him about a 50 percent chance to win it. (He is even money for the Olympics, too.)
Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and plenty of other players will stand in the way. But the chance of seeing something this year that no man has done since 1969, and no woman since 1988, is very real.