Novak Djokovic can win all four Grand Slams in a single year: Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi talks about Djokovic conquering the Calendar Slam and why Andy Murray won't be under a lot of pressure while playing at home.
8-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has said that World Number 1 Novak Djokovic has a fantastic chance to become the first player since Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in a single calendar year. The 76-year-old Australian is the only man to have won a Calendar Slam, a feat he achieved twice in 1962 and 1969.
The 27-year-old Serb equalled Agassi’s tally of 8 Grand Slams at the start of this year, when he won his fifth Australian Open crown by beating Andy Murray in the final and will be looking to go one step further and clinch his first Title at Roland Garros, after losing in the final to Rafael Nadal last year.
"I think he's really capable of that. He's playing at a level above everybody at the moment,” Agassi said.
“Before he [Djokovic] won Australia I said there's a heck of a chance we're going to see the first time since Laver someone win all of them in the same year. I think he's looking at a pretty dominating year, " he added.
The 44-year-old felt that beating the Spaniard on his favoured clay surface in Paris would take some doing and there were still few areas of his game where Djokovic can improve upon.
"I think he still has a lot of room for improvement and if Nadal doesn't get himself right for Paris, [Djokovic can go all the way].
"That [Nadal] will be his [Djokovic's] biggest stumbling block. Getting past him there [at Roland Garros] is no easy task,” the 1996 Olympic Gold medalist said.
Murray becomes a better competitor while playing at home: Agassi
The United States of America(USA) take on Great Britain in a Davis Cup World Group Tie in Glasgow starting on Friday and the American felt that World No. 5 Andy Murray will not be under immense pressure in front of his home crowd and has shown in the past that he can raise his game when playing at home.
"You have to look at the competitor himself. It seems like it will be an advantage, but it's usually not.
"But when it comes to Andy, I think he has proven to everybody, certainly to me, that when he has that pressure of playing in the championships at Wimbledon, in front of his home crowd, it makes him a better competitor,” he said.
"He doesn't get as distracted or as disappointed out there on court. He doesn't let his bad moments affect him. He really takes care of business in a way I wish he did all of the time, so I think it's going to help him,” Agassi added.