Novak caps another mini slam year

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Nov 20, 2023, 16:19

Earlier this year he completed 3 of the 4 Majors in a year…..which makes the fourth time 2011, 2015, 2021 and 2023. Federer did it three times, Nadal once. That’s the modern pantheon. Laver famously did all four twice and Budge once.

However, given the breadth of the field, the mini slam is incredibly hard, the Jokers attempt at the full slam in 21 failing at the last hurdle in the US Open final.

The sustained brilliance of this man is hard to grasp, having won mini slams over a period of 12 years and compiling his record at a time two other all time greats, Fed and Nadal, were active. It’s rare you can say you are watching the best of all time in any sport. But you can every time the Joker takes the court. Each match he plays is a tactical master class.

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