NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic remembers just how close Serena Williams came to a calendar-year Grand Slam in 2015 before coming up short at the U.S. Open.
He recalls chatting with Williams during that tournament about all that went along with a bid for the rare achievement, which has only been accomplished by two men and three women in the history of a sport that dates to the late 1800s.
After winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, Williams was
https://apnews.com/article/05055599ae804c43b2c4e5ec22051eba. Now Djokovic is a step closer, heading into the U.S. Open final on Sunday against Daniil Medvedev
https://apnews.com/article/novak-djokovic-us-open-tennis-championships-sports-tennis-australia-a37e6004d546ea9e8d44c0b18f604a03 and claim all four trophies in a single season.
No man has done that since Rod Laver did it for a second time in 1969, no woman since Steffi Graf in 1988. (Laver was in the stands for Friday's semifinals and is expected to be there Sunday, too).
As the end line neared six years ago, Williams was not fond of discussing what was at stake, describing herself as "fed up" by constant questions about the true Grand Slam.