Tennis fans are experiencing the decisive rounds of the US Open 2021 with trepidation. Novak Djokovic is ever closer to his appointment with history, having the greedy chance of creating a legendary Grand Slam.
The number 1 in the world has won the first three Grand Slams of the season and is on the hunt for a historic result, which would lead him to become the second player in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all the Majors in the same year.
In the event of a triumph in New York, the Serbian phenomenon would overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking for the first time. According to some insiders, the 34-year-old from Belgrade can be considered the GOAT regardless of the outcome of these US Open.
Recall that Nole has already broken the record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking last March. In his book dedicated to Roger Federer (The Master – The Long Run & Beautiful game of Roger Federer), the well-known New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey addressed the question of the greatest ever.
Is Novak Djokovic already the GOAT?
“It is never easy to compare players from different eras, also because there have been big changes in terms of equipment and training methods. We can try to compare the tennis players who are on the tour now. It is certainly an intriguing debate. What should the evaluation be based on? Only on the statistics and results on the pitch or also on the impact of the player?
If we look at the importance of sport in general, there is no doubt that Roger Federer is the greatest of all time. The Swiss made a huge impact on both fans and many people outside the world of tennis. If instead we rely on pure results, then Novak Djokovic can be called the GOAT,” explained Clarey.
Nole has brought home eight of the last twelve Slams played, until the gap that separated him from Roger and Rafa was eliminated. The Swiss and the Spanish, for their part, have shown signs of abating in recent months.