Djokovic hell bent on dominating 2012 Slams
A day after conquering Nadal, World No 1 Djokovic reveals plan to dominate 2012 Grand SlamsA day after conquering Nadal, World No 1 Djokovic reveals plan to dominate 2012 Grand Slams
Rod Laver was the last man to complete the grand slam back in 1969 and after Novak Djokovic's astonishing win in the Australian Open final it looks like the Serb could be next.
Morning after: Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses The Norman Brooks
Trophy at a photoshoot yesterday, after winning the Austrailan Open on
Laver was watching at Melbourne Park as Djokovic claimed his fourth grand slam title in 12 months. And if his blistering run of form continues and he wins the French Open in June he will hold all four major titles at once.
The true Grand Slam -- winning all four trophies in a single calendar year -- will also need him to retain his Wimbledon and US Open titles.
Bet on Djoko
Many would bet on Djokovic succeeding where both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have failed, after the once delicate world number one survived a record 5hr 53min slugfest with the snarling Spaniard.
"You're in pain, you're suffering, you know that you're trying to activate your legs, you're trying to push yourself another point, just one more point, one more game," he said afterwards.
"You're going through so much suffering your toes are bleeding. Everything is just outrageous, you know, but you're still enjoying that pain."
Important victories seem to spur Djokovic to greater heights. After winning the 2010 Davis Cup with Serbia, he compiled a 43-match winning streak which was only halted by Federer after six months in the French Open semi-finals.
Last year he collected the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open trophies among 10 titles, and went 70-6 despite struggling with injury from September onwards.
Now Djokovic is targeting the French Open, the only major to elude him, which would make him a strong bet to complete the elusive grand slam.
"I'm prioritising Grand Slams this year, as every year, and Olympic Games. I think that's one of my highest goals," he said.
"So I want to do well and I want to get to my first final at least in Paris. I have never been in the final there, and I have a feeling that I'm ready this year to achieve that."
Sunday's final, which stretched into the early hours of Monday, proved Djokovic has the capacity to tough it out, something which had seemed in doubt earlier in his career when he was known for pulling out of big matches. And from regular beatings at the hands of Federer and Nadal, the Serb is now the man handing out the punishment.