BATTLE OF LEGENDS! Why Mike Tyson Chose Novak Djokovic Over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Published 11/07/2021, 5:56 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland great each other as they cross over training sessions on Court Philippe-Chatrier at the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are the three biggest icons of the sport today. They have taken tennis to a whole new level and continue to be a source of inspiration to millions of youngsters.

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Interestingly, the ‘Big Three’ are currently tied at 20 Grand Slam titles each. It will be intriguing to see which one of them will be able to finish his career with the most majors under their belt.

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When Mike Tyson chose Novak Djokovic over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

It was not long ago when Boxing legend, Mike Tyson, came to watch a match at the US Open 2018. The 55-year-old has an immense interest in the sport and watches it live whenever he gets some free time.

VERONA, NY – JUNE 08: Former World Champion boxer Mike Tyson claps as the 2018 Hall of Fame class is introduced during the Golden Boy on ESPN fight night at Turning Stone Resort Casino on June 8, 2018 in Verona, New York. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

In an early interview to SecondsOut, Tyson revealed the name of the player with whom he would love to play tennis one day. Interestingly, he took the name of Djokovic over Federer and Nadal.

“I’d like to play like Novak Djokovic,” said Tyson in the interview. [h/t Express.co.uk]

There was something special that Tyson would have liked in Djoker’s gameplay. Interestingly, the Serbian legend went on to win the US Open title that year.

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Mike Tyson disclosed the name of his favorite tennis player

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In the same interview, Tyson also opened up about his favorite tennis player. Even though he would like to play like Djokovic, he highlighted that his favorite player is Serena Williams as he feels that she is the greatest player of all time.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021. Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after winning her third round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“My favourite player of all time is Serena Williams, she’s the best of all time,” added the former Boxer.

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As of now, Serena Williams is recovering from her hamstring injury. Her return date on the tour is uncertain, but fans hope that she will make an incredible comeback at the Australian Open 2022. Will she be able to win her 24th Grand Slam title before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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