“About To Break All Records”: Jurgen Melzer Gives Novak Djokovic Edge Over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in GOAT Debate

Published 06/20/2021, 7:07 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the best player on the planet. The manner in which he has started things off this year is impressive. He has been the most consistent player not just this year but over the past decade.

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Recently, the Serbian machine was praised by Austrian player Jurgen Melzer. He spoke about Djokovic and his recent explosive stint in Paris at the French Open 2021. He went on to add that if the Serbian player continues to play in this manner, he may end up breaking all the records in the game.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during the final against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The 40-year-old player stated, “He’s simply the best at the moment and almost unbeatable. At this level, it is really top-notch. You have to take off your hat. He is about to break all records. All he needs is a Grand Slam to catch up with Rafa and Roger. The level in the semifinals and finals was extremely high.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Novak Djokovic was on a different level in Paris

Melzer reflected on the semifinals and finals and found Djokovic to dig himself out of situations that seemed impossible to recover from. Even in the match against Musetti, he was down two sets and came back winning the next three sets. These results clearly indicate the mental strength of the Serb.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning their final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The two-time doubles Grand Slam champion further added, “He didn’t allow anything at all. He took the first chance he got from both opponents ice cold. Against Tsitsipas he was 2 sets back after winning the third set, but it was clear to most people who know the sport that he would probably win it in the end.”

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At the moment, Djokovic is in Marbella training on the grass courts. He is scheduled to feature in the doubles event ahead of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He is the defending champion and the way he has performed this season, he looks likely to defend his title. It will be interesting to see how Novak fairs in South West 19, London.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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