“Crown Him as the GOAT”: Former Wimbledon Champion Reveals the Greatest Among Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic

Published 06/27/2021, 12:22 PM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Tennis has always been an uncertain sport for players as far as form is concerned. There is no guarantee that a player winning the US Open will go on and clinch the Australian Open. However, Novak Djokovic has proved to defy the odds in men’s tennis over the past couple of years.


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Barring US Open last year, the Serbian star is on a roll after winning the first two grand slams of 2021. Heading into the Wimbledon which starts from tomorrow, there is no doubt in saying that Djokovic is the clear favorite to win the coveted title.

A single debate that piques the interest of every tennis fan around the world is -” Who will end up as the GOAT amongst Nadal, Federer and Djokovic?”

Well, many fans believe that we will have to wait till the end of their careers to decide who is the greatest among them. But, a fair portion admirers believe that if the Serb can win the golden slam(winning all four majors along with the Olympic gold medal), he will have all the rights to be called the GOAT.

Marion Bartoli believes that Novak Djokovic is ahead in the GOAT race

Talking about the same, former Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli expressed the importance of grand slam titles in the GOAT debate.

I think if Novak goes to 21 after winning every single Grand Slam twice, you can absolutely crown him as the GOAT”, opined Bartoli.

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hold their trophies as they walk off Centre Court after the Men’s Singles Final during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England.

With the form that he is in, it appears that there is no stopping Novak Djokovic on the ATP tour. Even though there are players like Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev, who can give a tough fight to the Serb, their records on grass aren’t favorable enough to beat the champion.

However, Medvedev is one player who enters SW19 with a winning momentum. The Russian won the Mallorca Championships recently and even admitted that he is slowly finding his feet on grass.

While the threat of Roger Federer still looms at large for Djokovic, the Swiss Maestro’s worrying form in the recent times doesn’t give him an edge over the 19-time grand slam champion.


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If Djokovic wins Wimbledon this year, more attention and anticipation awaits the US Open as it promises a blockbuster affair involving the Big-3 and the next-gen players.


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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.



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