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Despite Hailing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Undeniable Brilliance, Andy Murray Stands by Novak Djokovic as the Serbian’s Unparalleled Domination Continues

Published 09/22/2023, 12:13 AM EDT

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The G.O.A.T. debate in tennis is making people take sides now, as the verdict has almost become unanimous. Tennis pundits, former professionals, and the present generation have only one answer to who the G.O.A.T. is – Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray delivered the ultimate verdict after Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors, and Patrick Mouratoglou. The Brit watched Djokovic closely from the beginning of his career as Murray is a part of the Big 4.

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The initial years of snubbing only burned Djoker’s desire to be the best. Now, his rivals, including Rafael Nadal, are hailing him as the G.O.A.T. After the Spaniard, Murray, too, offered reasons why Djokovic is better than his colleagues, and they are nothing but facts.

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The Serbian earned the G.O.A.T. tag right after the French Open victory, but there were speculations. So, when the young generation failed to put up a fight against Djokovic in the US Open, he swiftly made his way to the 24th Slam. This triumph buried all the doubts as the World No.1 is only growing more powerful and unbeatable.

When Murray won his first match at Zhuhai Championships, he highlighted why Djokovic is better than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Olympic medalist said, “The motivation and energy to keep winning and keep performing at that level is brilliant.” The former World No.1 pointed out how only the Serb has consistent best numbers compared to Federer and Rafa.


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The Brit said, “Of all of them, Roger, Rafa, they have all had long careers, but certainly none of them, I think, have played at the level that Novak is at in this phase of their careers in a consistent way.”

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But after the retirement of King Roger and the injury of Rafa, Djoker did not face any real competition. All the top ATP seeds struggle to win a set against the Serb, except Carlos Alcaraz. At the time of injury, Nadal was also in great form. The Spaniard is eyeing a comeback in 2024, and Djoker might finally face real competition on court.

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When Djokovic defeated Alcaraz to win the Cincinnati Masters, the Serb became sure of one thing – the Spanish never die. Djoker hailed the World No.2 for not giving up and shared that he has experienced the attitude before, referring to his rival Nadal. Djokovic leads the head-to-head record against Rafa but only by a narrow margin, 30-29.


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But in the Grand Slam matchesRafaho held an edge over the Serb with an 11-7 lead. Since the 22-time Slam winner hopes to play in the Australian Open, Djoker now has two solid Spanish rivals. Alcaraz and Djoker share 2 wins each against each other. The other ATP players still have a long way to go.


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While it is not impossible for Djokovic to surpass Margaret Court’s record, the Serb would encounter more obstacles than before if Rafa makes a comeback. The Serb and the Spaniard also look to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics, as Nadal has no plans to play for long. So, buckle up and treat yourselves to the vintage rivalry when you can!

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Krishna Priya


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Vadlamani Krishna Priya is a tennis writer at Essentially Sports. Pursuing her passion for storytelling, she has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Helped by her cousin who introduced her to the rules and regulations of the game during her childhood, Roger Federer matches became Priya's gateway to the world of tennis.
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Bhavani Singh