Is a 2016 Grand Slam clean sweep realistic for Novak Djokovic?
By Tim Clement
Last Updated: 05/02/16 5:15pm
Novak Djokovic maintained his command over the ATP Tour with a record-equalling sixth Australian Open title, but can he establish himself as the game's greatest of all time?
Roger Federer commands that status as the holder of more Grand Slam titles than any other male player, six ahead of the Serb and with a mighty 17 to his name.
Six more Grand Slams sounds a stretch for a 28-year-old competing in a golden era of men's tennis, but the reality is that it is turning into Djokovic's era.
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The other three of the 'big four' (Federer, Nadal and Murray) have failed to win any of the last five majors, with Djokovic claiming four and Stan Wawrinka landing the other.
Djokovic's latest Grand Slam success has prompted Sky Bet to price up the extent of his dominance in 2016.
The longest odds you'll find surrounding his campaign are for his Melbourne Park triumph to be the end of his success, with a complete Grand Slam haul priced at just 7/2.
Such odds may look short for an achievement which has not been managed since Rod Laver in 1969, but that price is justified by the fact that he is strong favourite for all three remaining majors.
A first French Open title is seemingly the toughest test for Djokovic, although it is more of a mental hurdle which requires clearing than proving his superiority on clay, having already dethroned nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets at Roland Garros last year, only to suffer a surprise loss to Wawrinka in the final.
It is actually Wimbledon where Sky Bet give his rivals the greatest chance, the only major event where he is priced at odds-against, with Andy Murray and Federer 4/1 and 5/1 respectively.
If we do see the Serb heading to Flushing Meadows with the three previous majors in the bag then he will be faced with the task of overcoming a field motivated by the prospect of being the man to deny Djokovic history.
Sky Bet go 13/2 on him to win a first Olympic gold on top of all four majors and 11/1 for him to add a fifth successive World Tour Finals title to that haul.
While these all seem quite realistic possibilities given the way the Serb is dominating the game right now, such success is still a long way off.
However, operating at the peak of his power, 2016 is a crucial campaign for Djokovic if he is to elevate himself from the game's current great to being considered the all-time greatest.