The debate on who is the GOAT of tennis is always open. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic cannot fail to be constantly on everyone’s lips, although the first two have long since stopped due to physical problems. As in all sports, when it comes to absolute legends, public opinion but also industry experts take sides with someone. Being divisive is in the nature of the greatest in history. Therefore, the Serbian multiple champion cannot escape this ‘role’, this year one step away from the mammoth ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ that had been missing for 52 years. Maybe that his most illustrious rivals weren’t present or in any case not always 100%, the fact is that Djokovic was able to conquer the highest step of the ranking regardless of who participated in the tournaments and who he faced on the pitch. This year he consolidated his world record by winning at Wimbledon in the historic final for the Azzurri against Matteo Berrettini, only to capitulate at the US Open under the blows of Daniil Medvedev but above all under pressure.
Ibrahimovic talks about Djokovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently talked about the mental attributes of Novak Djokovic, explaining how the Serb is similar to him in some respects. Ibrahimovic believes Djokovic is a “complete athlete” who, like him, has improved upon his mental prowess with experience. “First of all he’s (Novak Djokovic) a Balkan head: when you explode you do well, when you get angry you do the best you can,” Ibrahimovic said. “You are more focused, more careful. When Nole plays and gets angry he brings out his best, and that’s how I feel alive.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on his part, believes that Novak Djokovic would be greatly disappointed to have narrowly fallen short of the Calendar Slam, especially after playing lights out all year. “The crisis in New York? It is never easy to digest such a disappointment,” Ibrahimovic said. “Nole played great and won all year. Then at the final step he missed something. It happens, it happens. But what Nole did remains incredible, unbelievable,” he added. “And he must think so. I have not seen others do the same thing: he came close to the goal, like no one, but then it is true that the others are strong too, not just him.” The Indian Wells 2021 is scheduled to take place from October 4 to 17. Unfortunately, some of the big names, like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, are not going to be seen in the men’s draw. The Swiss ace and the Spanish star decided to end their seasons earlier last month, with both suffering from long-term injuries.