Tennis News: Former tennis player Marcos Baghdatis believes Novak Djokovic’s mental strength may go awry; he cites incidences at last year’s US Open when he accidentally struck a lineswoman in the throat with a ball, and during the Tokyo Olympics, when he hurled his racket into the seats.
Novak Djokovic’s mental strength is undeniable, but the world No. 1 must be conscious that it is also a factor that can jeopardise his prospects of completing a calendar Grand Slam, according to Marcos Baghdatis.
At the US Open, Djokovic will be attempting to complete the calendar Grand Slam, which would be the biggest achievement of his career.
By winning the fourth title in New York, the 34-year-old Serb would become the first woman to do it since Steffi Graf in 1988, and the first man since Rod Laver 52 years ago.
Djokovic is also aware that repeating his 2011 and 2015 victories would see him surpass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Slam rankings for the first time in his career.
Baghdatis, who reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in 2016, is awestruck by the world No. 1 and believes that by winning in New York in 2021, he would complete his mission of winning all four majors.
Baghdatis, a past Australian Open finalist, smiled as he said, “I hope he can achieve it, for him.” “He’s having a tremendous season, and I think he’ll continue to do so.
“How does he have the ability to shift gears whenever he wants? I believe he is the finest in the world in terms of mental, physical, and tennis abilities.
“With that stated, his mental game can be extremely powerful, but it also has the potential to destroy him.
“We saw it at the Olympics, and we saw it in the US Open last year. I believe he devotes so much time and effort to his mental health that he occasionally experiences outbursts of rage or frustration.
“I believe it’s because he works so hard.” He excels at everything he does off the court, from nutrition to fitness. He’s got everything he needs to keep playing for another five years.
“It’s on the mental side where he can have these outbursts, but it’s completely understandable to me.”
With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams all sidelined, the year’s last Grand Slam will be devoid of three of the sport’s biggest names.
It will be the first Grand Slam without Federer, Nadal, or Serena in 24 years, which has stunned Baghdatis.
“It happened all of a sudden, with Federer’s knee procedures, Rafa’s body breaking down, and Serena having a baby at the age of almost 40. It’s incredible to be able to play at such a young age and at such a high level “Says the Cypriot,” he adds.
“I believe we are nearing the end of an era, which is why players like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Naomi Osaka, and Iga Swiatek are emerging and attempting to conquer the tennis world.”
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