Twenty grand slam titles are behind the identify of Novak Djokovic after Sunday. The identical quantity as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, these different tennis greats. The 34-year-old Serb is much from happy after his victory march at Wimbledon.
“What this implies? It signifies that all three of us is not going to cease taking part in tennis but,” 34-year-old Djokovic mentioned afterwards. “Rafael and Roger are legends in our sport and they’re a very powerful gamers I’ve ever performed towards. I’m right here due to them.”
Grand slam titles are on the prime of Djokovic’s listing, particularly at this stage in his profession. This 12 months he peaked on the Australian Open, Roland Garros and now Wimbledon.
Djokovic will little doubt be aiming for the Golden Slam, with the Olympics and the US Open subsequent. Solely Germany’s Steffi Graf managed to win all Grand Slams and the Video games in a single calendar 12 months in 1988.
“You want loads to beat Djokovic,” says tennis commentator Jan Roelfs. “He will get so many balls and he is aware of learn how to get the balls out of the nook in an unimaginable method. And he needs to get even higher. Generally I believe: what can he enhance on? How then?”
Djokovic stays sober in the meanwhile, however secretly he’ll dream of that distinctive Golden Slam. “I do not chase anybody. I stroll my very own path and write my very own historical past. It’s a privilege to be a part of the historical past of the game that I like a lot,” is what the Serbian needs to say about it.
Doubt about Tokyo
After the received remaining towards Matteo Berrettini, Djokovic even doubted about taking part within the Video games. “I’ve to consider it. As I’ve mentioned my plan is to go to the Video games, however in the intervening time I am a bit divided by what I’ve heard over the previous few days. It is 50-50.”
“The information concerning the spectators was very disappointing to listen to. I’ve additionally heard that there are quite a lot of restrictions within the Olympic village.”
View the abstract of the ultimate between Djokovic and Berrettini beneath.
Little doubt the GOAT (Best Of All Time) dialogue will flare up once more now that Djokovic can also be on twenty grand slam titles. The best tennis participant of all time? Merely a matter of style. The elegant Federer, the highly effective Nadal or the versatile Djokovic? In spite of everything, the Serb appears to really feel most snug on all surfaces.
The 34-year-old Djokovic has now received all grand slam tournaments at the least twice. He received Wimbledon six instances, the Australian Open 9 instances, Roland Garros twice and the US Open thrice.
But Djokovic is much less widespread with some tennis followers. With a ruling that males ought to earn extra money than girls in tennis, a disqualification from the US Open after hitting a linesman, organizing a match in corona time with many infections in consequence and founding a brand new gamers’ union.
It is not good for his picture, however it will not damage Djokovic a lot. “On the observe, he does have some frills,” mentioned Roelfs. “He was the one who, years in the past, clenched his fist with each level received. Now each tennis participant does that. And within the remaining the viewers chanted Berrettini’s identify. He has that hanging on his pants.”
Djokovic turns into the best tennis participant of all time
Djokovic’s age additionally performs an essential position within the pursuit of the twenty first Grand Slam title. At 34 years outdated, he’s the youngest of the bunch and the fittest. Nadal is a 12 months older and skipped Wimbledon because of bodily discomfort. The Spaniard additionally misses the Video games.
For Federer, who will quickly be turning 40, the clock shouldn’t be ticking in his favor in any respect. At his favourite Wimbledon, he reached the quarter-finals, wherein the Swiss suffered a painful defeat towards Hubert Hurkacz from Poland. The lack of the third and remaining set 6-0 was unworthy of an important champion.
On Twitter, Djokovic acquired congratulations from Roger Federer.
If Djokovic continues like this, it appears solely a matter of time earlier than he places Federer and Nadal behind by way of Grand Slam titles received. That statistic will do him particularly good. Though the dialogue about the very best of all time will stay an everlasting one.
“Statistically, Djokovic turns into the very best tennis participant of all time,” mentioned Roelfs. “He’s the fittest and he has extra in-house at different jobs. He will definitely go over these twenty titles.”