A 31st Grand Slam final, a ninth showing in the US Open silverware showdown, Sunday could be the most important one of them all.
Victory over world No.2 Daniil Medvedev would mean Djokovic is the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to land the Calendar Grand Slam. He’d also move clear of the 20 majors lifted by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Just how is Djokovic blocking out the magnitude of this fortnight?
“Just keeping things simple. I know we want to talk about history. I know it's on the line,” stated the Serbian. “But I'm just trying to lock into what I know works for me. I have my routines, I have my people. I isolate myself. I gather all the necessary energy for the next battle.”
Djokovic has suggested numerous times the expectation to always win can become overbearing. Over to someone the world No.1 used to confide in a lot.
“One of the Kobe Bryant and Lakers rings, they won I think the fourth game of the NBA Finals. They were 3-1 up. It's his famous interview where he said, ‘Why should I be happy right now? Job is not done,’ reflected Djokovic, inspired by the basketball legend.
“He's been someone, as probably millions of athletes and people around the world, have been looking up to him, admiring him. That's kind of an attitude I have. Job is not done. Excitement is there. Motivation is there, without a doubt. Probably more than ever. But I have one more to go.”