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50 years since Grand Slam Laver favouring Novak in Paris

first_imgParis: Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, the last man to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time twice, backed current world number one Novak Djokovic to repeat the feat at this year’s French Open. The now-80-year-old Laver won calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969, the first year all four majors were professional, to write his name into the history books. But Serbia’s Djokovic, who first held all four when he won his maiden Roland Garros title in 2016, is hunting him down after adding the Australian Open trophy earlier this year to his 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”I’m probably favouring Novak at the moment and then Rafa (Nadal) and then it goes down the line. Then it’s who’s going to play who,” said Laver on Monday. “I marvel at someone like Novak with his ability and his consistency.” Laver, an 11-time Grand Slam title winner, also thinks Djokovic is capable of becoming the first man since himself 50 years ago to win a calendar clean-sweep. “He’s won all four at one time or defending champion at all times, so he’s already done that portion of it,” he said. “But I think more so when I look at today, he just won the Australian, so, now he’s in line to win a Grand Slam. “It’s a long way to go, he’s only got one, but this is probably, for him, I would think, it’s probably the toughest.”last_img read more