Todd Woodbridge believes Novak Djokovic can complete the Calendar Golden Slam by winning Wimbledon, the US Open, and the singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year.
The Calendar Golden Slam refers to winning all four Majors in the same calendar year, as well as the Olympic gold medal in singles, which has only been accomplished by Steffi Graf in tennis history. In fact, only three other players – Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Andre Agassi – have ever completed the Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all five titles throughout the course of their careers.
Having won the Australian Open and French Open already this year, Novak Djokovic needs to win Wimbledon, Tokyo gold and the US Open to complete the Calendar Golden Slam. And Todd Woodbridge feels the Serb can pull it off, given the remarkable resilience he demonstrated throughout his title run at Roland Garros.
“The Golden Slam – it is very much on the cards, there is no doubt about that,” Woodbridge said on Sports Sunday. “What Novak managed to produce in Paris, in two comebacks from two sets to love down, is some of the best mental stuff you’ll ever see.”
The Aussie doubles great made special mention of Novak Djokovic’s comeback from two sets down against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Roland Garros final. Woodbridge believes Djokovic will carry his confidence from clay into the grasscourt season, making him a firm favorite at Wimbledon.
“That final, to come back against [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, fantastic effort from him,” Woodbridge said. “And he’s just freshening up, he’s down in Mallorca on grass courts getting ready as his preparation for Wimbledon. He most definitely goes in a heavy, heavy favorite for Wimbledon.”
The 50-year-old stated that Novak Djokovic’s behavior on the court isn’t always the best, but that the Serb needs to release his anger in order to win matches.
“Now, he does get a bit gnarly at times on court but he’s an athlete that’s able to focus that into what he needs to do to get the result done,” Woodbridge said.
Todd Woodbridge assesses Roger Federer’s grasscourt preparations
Some consider Roger Federer to be the second favorite at Wimbledon this year, behind Novak Djokovic. However, since returning from double knee surgery, Federer has struggled to maintain his consistency, and he has suffered a few surprise losses this year.
The Swiss most recently lost in the second round of the 2021 Noventi Open in Halle against Felix Auger-Aliassime. As a result, many people are asking if an almost-40 Federer has what it takes to take on Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.
Todd Woodbridge noted in this context that Roger Federer is severely lacking in match preparation heading into SW19. Federer was also affected by the lack of spectators in Halle, according to the Australian, who feels Federer thrives on fan support.
“His fitness is fine but he’s lacking match play,” Woodbridge said. “That time away from the game is not easy and in Halle, in his lead-in tournament, went out to Felix Auger-Aliassime, the young Canadian. He’ll be disappointed not getting more matches under his belt on the grass.”
“The hardest part about Halle, absolutely zero crowds, and that’s not good for Roger,” the Aussie added. “He feeds off that and I think when he’s playing against opponents, they also feel that the crowd goes for him.”