Sorry Roger Federer followers. Sorry Rafael Nadal followers. The talk over the Biggest of All Time within the males’s recreation is over, it’s Novak Djokovic.
By way of recognition, Federer continues to be on prime, then Nadal after which Djokovic (although Andy Murray may need a case).
However on paper, it’s over. By tying Roger and Rafa with 20 Sunday at Wimbledon, Djokovic has now firmly established himself as the boys’s GOAT… FOR NOW.
Federer isn’t successful one other Grand Slam. Nadal might nonetheless win this upcoming US Open and one other French and perhaps Djokovic stays 20, however RIGHT NOW it’s Djokovic’s.
Simply have a look at what he’s completed that his rivals haven’t:
* Received TWO Profession Slams * Received the primary three Slams to start out the season * Profitable information over Nadal (30-28) and Federer (27-23) * Defeated each Nadal and Federer in epic matches of their favourite Slams (for ex, Nadal at 2021 French; Federer at 2019 Wimbledon) * Has report for many weeks at No. 1 * Could have report for many year-end No. 1 finishes * Has received all 9 Masters occasions TWICE
What’s he lacking?
* Olympic gold * Gluten?
I don’t know a lot else.
If he performs the Olympics he’ll go in because the clear favourite in Tokyo. He’s said he desires to win each Tokyo and the US Open, however given the selection, perhaps the US Open is now extra necessary as a result of it offers him 21 and the Calendar Slam. So does he go to a fan-less Tokyo and threat harm or burn out? It’s an enormous, huge determination with a lot historical past at stake. We’ll discover out within the coming days if not hours.
Wanting far forward into the crystal ball, I give Djokovic one other yr to dominate. With the stress forthcoming, the US Open is not any cinch, and Djokovic has had his points there (one title within the final 5 years). However he might definitely take residence Australia and Wimbledon subsequent yr after which Australia in 2023 which in my thoughts might wrap it up.
I do suppose after the 2023 French Open, we’ll have a brand new non-Large 3 man on prime and the Djokovic run will probably be all however completed with perhaps one other stray Slam someplace else to get him to 24 or 25.
It’s breathtaking to see three guys all tied with 20 when few thought anybody might go Pete Sampras at 14. And whereas all of us say now no man goes to catch them, I believe somebody will.
By 2045, some 10 yr previous child who proper now’s sitting at residence enjoying video video games, consuming ice cream, will emerge as the brand new star and take over the game. The place there are Slams to be received, folks will win them. Novak Djokovic resides proof of that.
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