U.S. Open leading men cheering for a Serena Grand Slam

Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:39am EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams is on the brink of the grandest achievement in tennis, the single season Grand Slam, and even the leading men at the U.S. Open championships starting on Monday are cheering her on.

The 33-year-old American, with the 2015 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon trophies already on her crowded mantle, will be gunning to complete the first season's sweep of the slams since Steffi Graf in 1988.

The last man to accomplish the feat was Rod Laver in 1969.

"I am sending her good vibes, I hope she does it," says U.S. Open men's top seed Novak Djokovic, winner of nine majors.

"She’s a true champion and she’s impressive what she’s managed to do so far at her age to win three grand slams. It’s

quite incredible. I know how tough it is, both men’s and women’s tennis. The competition is really high."

Victory at Flushing Meadows would lift Williams to 22 career grand slam singles crowns, tying her with Graf for second on the all-time list, two behind Margaret Court.

"I hope she does it, number one," said second seed Roger Federer, who stands atop the men's all-time slams list with 17.   Continued...

Aug 11, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada;  Serena Williams of the United States reacts after a shot against Flavia Pennetta of Italy (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Avival Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports