“Brady Magic Going on, 25 or 26 Slams?”: Analyst Compares Novak Djokovic and Tom Brady

Published 06/15/2021, 7:17 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the final against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon has compared tennis star Novak Djokovic with Tom Brady. The Serbian recently won his 19th Grand Slam and second French Open title. On Pardon the Interruption along with host Tony Kornheiser, Wilbon discussed the similarities in the careers of Djokovic and Tom Brady, who is an American footballer playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a quarterback.

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Tom Brady has appeared in 10 Super Bowl events and won seven of them and is still going strong at the age of 43. The longevity of his career has inspired athletes all over the world.

On the other hand, Djokovic who is now 34, has been in superb form since he turned 30, winning seven Grand Slam titles since then. He has won more Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, since turning 30.

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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/Gonzalo Fuentes

This Djoker, tennis’ Djoker, what’s his resting number gonna be (when he retires)? 25? He’s playing so well at an older age, a little Brady magic going on… 25 or 26 slams?” Wilbon said on the Pardon the Interruption show.

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What’s next for Novak Djokovic?

After the legendary comparison with Tom Brady, the next mission for the World No.1 will be to win an Olympic Gold medal. The Tokyo Olympics will be his best shot at getting gold for his country, with his game being at the top currently.

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As Michael suggested, Djokovic can easily win six to seven more Grand Slam titles, taking him to a level that many can only dream of. Djokovic is one Grand Slam title short of matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who sit at the top with 20 titles. At the age of 34, he is still going strong and is very much at the top of his game. He will be looking to surpass the two legends, and stay at the top for as long as his body allows him to.

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Very few athletes have the ability and willpower to stay at the top of the game. Athletes have to go under rigorous training and workouts to keep their bodies in shape, and the longevity and strength to continue for a long time is seen in very few athletes. But Novak Djokovic has proved to be a top athlete, even in his mid-30s.

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