1973 French Open runner-up Nikola Pilic has labeled Novak Djokovic as the greatest player of all time.
Pilic insists he just recently decided that Djokovic was the greatest of all time.
Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal each own 20 Grand Slams in their collection but Djokovic is the one with the most weeks spent as world No. 1.
“Djokovic is absolutely great. Serbian journalists badly wanted from me to say in 2019 that Djokovic was the greatest player of all time. I didn’t want to say it until je won this year’s Wimbledon. The day he did, I put the numbers on the table. He has the same number of Grand Slams as Nadal and Federer, he has a positive head-to-head against record against them, he is inching toward 350 weeks spent as No. 1,” Pilic told Vecernji List.
“I am not subjective, Novak is the best of all time,” Pilic declared.
Djokovic fell just short of making tennis history
Djokovic lost to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final and failed to become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.
“Novak won four slams in a row before. He just hasn’t done it in one year. And this time he was one match short. So it’s certainly possible but it’s extremely difficult to do,” Andy Murray noted.
Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge believes we saw Djokovic “break” at the US Open.
“Things are now going in a completely different direction. I feel that the era of the ‘Big Three’ is over,” Woodbridge said.
“Novak may still win one or two more majors, but I think there’s a feeling that this younger generation now see themselves as Grand Slam winners.
“We know the intensity, and the discipline, and the ultra-strong façade of Novak, but we saw him break. Whenever you see that in an athlete, you don’t know how they’re going to recover.”