‘Pressure is privilege’ for history-chasing Djokovic

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‘Pressure is privilege’ for history-chasing Djokovic

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Sudipto Ganguly

Novak Djokovic is closing in on something that no man has achieved before, but for the Serbian “pressure is a privilege”.

Steffi Graf is the only tennis player to have won all four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold in the same year before. But the 34-year-old Serbian is three-fifths of the way there, needing a Tokyo gold and then the US Open trophy to match the German's 1988 feat.

Talk of the “Golden Slam” has dominated every press conference Djokovic has attended since he won the third Major of the year at Wimbledon this month. But the steely-eyed Serbian seems to thrive under pressure...

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