How to watch: Sunday, Sept. 12 at four p.m. Eastern time on ESPN and streaming on the ESPN app in the United States. In Canada, on TSN and streaming on the TSN app.
Novak Djokovic is one match away from finishing the Grand Slam in males’s singles for the first time since 1969, when Rod Laver did it in the first full 12 months that main tournaments have been open to professionals.
Few have come wherever close to that achievement in the many years since: When he gained Wimbledon in July, Djokovic already turned the first man since Laver to have gained the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in the identical 12 months. After successful his U.S. Open semifinal on Friday, Djokovic cited an interview the place Kobe Bryant stated he wasn’t completely happy about having taken a Three-1 lead in the N.B.A. Finals to clarify his mind-set.
“That’s kind of an attitude I have; job is not done,” Djokovic stated. “Excitement is there. Motivation is there, without a doubt, probably more than ever. But I have one more to go.”
By reaching the ultimate, Djokovic has made it one step nearer than Serena Williams’s Grand Slam bid got here in 2015, when she misplaced in the semifinals to Roberta Vinci. Djokovic, who has lately adopted Williams’s lead in declining to reply questions on the objective that he’s pursuing, stated he might relate to what she was going by way of.
“I was talking to Serena; she was very emotional about everything that was going on,” Djokovic stated of Williams in 2015. “I can relate to what she’s been going by way of proper now, I perceive it now. Obviously, when you’re in that scenario, you may actually comprehend what a participant goes by way of.
“I perceive why she wished to keep away from all the questions on it as a result of in the finish of the day, you will have to exit on the courtroom and ship,” he added. “You’re expected to always win. For a great legend that she is, she always has that expectations from everyone, including herself. It’s no different with me.”