Australian Open 2021: Will Djokovic, Nadal and Serena make history?

new Delhi. When the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open 2021, starts here on Monday, the eyes of top players like Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be set to be named champions and enter the record book. Nadal, who equaled 20 Grand Slam titles in the men’s singles of veteran Roger Federer by winning the French Open title in October last year, would like to top the table by 21 of his titles. He will also have the chance to become the first player to win every Grand Slam at least twice. Federer is not participating in this tournament due to knee operation.

Nadal is also troubled by the problem of back pain but he hopes that he will deal with it. He said, ‘I have time today and tomorrow, then I have to play on Tuesday. I am thinking more about playing in which situation (injury) than starting the tournament. It is not serious, but there is muscle tightness, in this case there is a problem in playing openly.

Djokovic, Serena will be seen in action on the first day
While Nadal will start his campaign from Tuesday on the second day of the tournament, Djokovic and Serena will play their first match on Monday. Having won 23 Grand Slam titles, Serena has long been trying to match Margaret Court’s record for the highest number of women’s Gandslam (24 titles in singles). He said, ‘This (24th title) is definitely in my mind. I think it is good to be on my mind. It is like a different burden and I am used to it now. Williams, who won her last major title at the Australian Open after becoming pregnant in 2017, said, ‘My life is more valuable than the trophy. For me few things are bigger than the championship. I am a mother and I am a human being.

Djokovic eyes on winning Australian Open

Djokovic’s eyes will be on improving his record with the ninth Australian Open title and leaving Federer behind in terms of topping the ATP rankings for the longest time. He has won 17 Grand Slam titles so far and in this case is the highest player to win the title after Federer and Nadal. In this tournament being played under the shadow of Karona Virus epidemic, the audience of 50 percent of the capacity of the stadium will be allowed. Among women, 22-year-old Sofia Kenin of America will go down to defend her title for the first time. Poland’s 19-year-old Inga Switzek, who defeated Kenin in the final of the French Open last year, will also play in Grand Slam for the first time after becoming champion. He said, ‘I feel more pressure than usual, I know it is difficult, it happens after winning the tournament many times.’

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In the men, Nadal and Djokovic will get a Dominic-themed challenge, having won the US Open title in September, breaking the order for both of them to become champions for 13 consecutive times. Daniel Medvedev, Andrei Rublev, Stephanos Sitsitipas and Alexander Zverev will also be title contenders.


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