Novak Djokovic became the author of an extraordinary 2021, which allowed him to close the gap that divided him from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. By winning the first three Grand Slams of the season, the Serbian phenomenon has reached 20 Majors and the feeling is that it is not over yet.
In the event of a triumph at the US Open, the world number 1 would not only overtake Roger and Rafa, but would also complete the Grand Slam. Nole is by far the fittest of the Big 3 and everything suggests that he will end his career with the most Grand Prix titles.
Having already broken the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, there are those who argue that Djokovic can already be considered the best ever. Federer now seems to be on the avenue of sunset at 40, while it is becoming increasingly difficult for Nadal to be competitive away from his beloved clay.
Kyrgios: “Roger Federer is more important than Djokovic for sport”
In a recent group conversation on Racquet, several prominent personalities from the tennis world expressed their views on the GOAT issue. Kyrgios has no doubts who the GOAT is. He said: “In my opinion it’s Roger Federer.”
He was immediately answered by Mardy Fish, former world number 7, who pointed out that Novak Djokovic has the possibility of reaching 25 Grand Slams if he remains healthy. Kyrgios added: “From a purely statistical point of view, no one is able to surpass Nole. From the point of view of fans and sport in general, however, I believe that Roger is by far the most important tennis player of any era.”
The 40-year-old from Basel was able to play the misery of 13 games in all of 2021, before announcing that he will have to operate on his right knee once again. The former world number 1 never returned to the court after the beating with Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, but few imagined that he would be under the knife again.