Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal reveals he realized in 2007 that Novak Djokovic would become a great player and he told Rafael Nadal they would have a problem with the Serb.
Uncle Toni watched Djokovic’s match against Juan Monaco at the US Open in 2007 and that was when he realized that the Serb was extremely gifted and talented.
A few months later, Djokovic captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
Since then, Djokovic won 19 more Grand Slams as he is now tied with Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors.
“I saw 18-year-old Djokovic play against (Juan) Monaco (at the 2007 US Open) and when I got to the locker room I said to Rafael, ‘We have a problem,’ because I saw a very good player. When someone is very good, you find out quickly,” Uncle Toni said, per Tennis Majors.
Uncle Toni admits Djokovic, Federer statistically are better than Nadal
“If you look at the numbers, the best is Federer or Djokovic,” Toni said. “But Rafael has missed many Grand Slam tournaments with injuries and faced others (while) injured.
“We will wait until their careers are over to establish who is the best.”
A few days ago, 1973 French Open runner-up Nikola Pilic touched on the GOAT debate and declared Djokovic as the best player of all time.
“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.”