Rennae Stubbs: Novak Djokovic beating Rafael Nadal at RG pivotal moment in GOAT talk

Former Australian tennis player Rennae Stubbs said Novak Djokovic’s win over Rafael Nadal at the French Open was a pivotal moment in the greatest of all time debate. 

Djokovic, 34, surprised Nadal in the semifinal of this year’s French open semifinal. 

“Rafael Nadal losing to Novak Djokovic at the French Open – that was in my opinion a real changing of the guard of truly who the GOAT will end up being,” Stubbs said on the Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “The fact that Rafa lost was pretty crazy.”

Djokovic recovered from a set down to beat Nadal 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2. 

“The third set of that match is the greatest set I’ve ever watched in my life. It was not the best match ever, but it is definitely the greatest set of all time,” Stubbs said. “Maybe if we had best-of-three matches, that would have been the greatest match of all time.”

Djokovic aims the all-time Grand Slam record 

Djokovic won three Majors this year to tie Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Grand Slams. 

2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli thinks Djokovic’s lone obsession is to break the all-time Grand Slam record. 

“I think ultimately, what Novak wants is to beat the 20 Grand Slams record. I think it’s the only obsession he is having and when he walked away from that defeat against Sascha, I didn’t see him in a lot of anger, you know he was not massively broken down,” said Bartoli on Tennis Majors. 

This year, Djokovic clinched a record seventh year-end No. 1 ranking. 

“The most important for him now was to beat Pete Sampras’ record or finishing the year as World No. 1 and now it’s just to get to 21 and 22 or more so that he makes sure that Federer and Nadal don’t catch him back. I think that’s going to be the only obsession he’s going to have next year,” Bartoli added.