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Djokovic, Federer, Nadal: Who’s the best of all of them?

Now Djokovic is only one Slam away from the document of 20 jointly-held by Nadal and Roger Federer.

Novak Djokovic’s French Open triumph, which made him solely the third man to win all 4 majors twice and took him midway to a uncommon calendar Grand Slam, has reignited the controversy over who’s the best male participant of all time.

The 34-year-old Serb wrapped up his second Roland Garros title and nineteenth Slam trophy with victory from two units down over Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, 12 years his junior.

It was a triumph constructed on the foundations of his epic semi-final win towards 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, solely the Spaniard’s third loss in Paris in 16 years.

Now Djokovic is only one Slam away from the document of 20 jointly-held by Nadal and Roger Federer.

“We’ve got to start out speaking concerning the best of all time,” former world primary Mats Wilander advised Eurosport.

Seven-time main winner and former primary Justine Henin added: “When Djokovic, Federer and Nadal play at their greatest, it’s Novak who most likely stands out.”

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Djokovic added the 2021 French Open to his 2016 triumph in Paris and is the primary man in 52 years to assert all 4 majors twice and third total after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.

He additionally has a document 9 Australian Opens, 5 at Wimbledon and three US Opens and has gained six of the final seven Slams he has contested.

Seven of his 19 Slam wins have come since he turned 30 and he has time on his facet.

Djokovic is a yr youthful than Nadal and has one of the best a part of six years on Federer.

Ought to Djokovic defend his Wimbledon title and triumph once more in New York, he would change into solely the third man after Don Budge in 1937 and Laver, in 1962 and 1969, to finish the calendar Grand Slam.

Not surprisingly, the temper within the Djokovic camp after Sunday’s 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Tsitsipas was buoyant.

– ‘All the pieces is feasible’ –

“All the pieces is feasible,” stated Djokovic when requested if he may additionally change into the primary man to finish the Golden Slam of all 4 majors plus Olympic gold in the identical yr.

“As a lot as Novak is wholesome, and he’s wholesome proper now, he’s in nice form, I believe he has the power to win the Grand Slam for this yr. I’m fairly positive,” added longtime coach Marian Vajda.

“I believe it’s way more than potential.”

His victory on Sunday meant Djokovic, who was additionally two units right down to Lorenzo Musetti within the final 16, was solely the third man to win a Slam title after twice getting back from such a deficit.

The final man to attain it was Ted Schroeder at Wimbledon in 1949. Earlier than that, it was Henri Cochet at Wimbledon in 1927.

It’s not simply on the Slams the place Djokovic is tightening his grip on the race to be topped the game’s best.

Djokovic has 36 Masters titles, the identical as Nadal.

Nevertheless, he’s the one man to have captured all 9 of the sequence and the one one to have gained all of them twice.

He has spent extra time as world primary than his two fundamental rivals along with his 325th week on the high beginning Monday.

Djokovic was additionally the primary of the ‘Huge Three’ to interrupt the $100 million prize cash barrier.

Sunday’s win took him to the brink of $150 million.

– Laver one of the best? –

In head-to-heads, he has the benefit. His epic win over Nadal on Friday took him to 30-28 over the Spanish star whereas he’s 27-23 towards Federer.

Nevertheless, there are nonetheless areas the place Djokovic lags behind.

His profession whole of 84 titles is behind Nadal’s 88 and Federer’s 103. He nonetheless has some option to go to beat Jimmy Connors’ all-time document of 109.

In whole earnings, Federer commanded $106.3 million in 2020, based on Forbes, whereas Djokovic made $44.6 million.

Sidelined for many of 2020, Federer’s financial institution stability stays wholesome because of the $300 million 10-year contract he penned with Uniqlo in 2018.

Djokovic’s standing as one of the best of all time additionally must be judged within the context of the game’s historical past.

Many regard Australia’s Laver as tennis’s supreme energy, arguing he would have collected many greater than his 11 Slams had he not been banished between 1963 and 1967 for turning skilled.

Ought to Djokovic win Wimbledon subsequent month and go to twenty majors, he’ll nonetheless have far to make up on one of the best ladies gamers of all time.

Margaret Courtroom tops the all-time listing with 24 Slam titles, Serena Williams has 23 whereas Steffi Graf retired on 22.

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