“Everything in the World of Tennis Depends on Him”: Novak Djokovic’s Father Declares Him the GOAT

Published 03/23/2021, 12:07 AM EDT
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: (L-R)The Djokovic family, Novak’s mother Dijana, Novak Djokovic, Novak’s brother Djordje, Novak’s father Srdjan and Novak’s wife Jelena pose during the Adria Tour Final match between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic on June 14, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)


Srdjan Djokovic, the father of Novak Djokovic, has been a constant voice of support for the Serbian ace. Now, he has declared his son as the greatest-of-all-time ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Previously, Srdjan even took a dig at the Swiss maestro and the Spaniard for their lack of support for Novak. He also claimed that Djokovic was “God-sent” for the people and the nation of Serbia.

The Sr. Djokovic even provided stats to back his claim.

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Firstly, Srdjan answered the interviewer’s question about whether Novak Djokovic had the tendency to become the best of all time. To this, Srdjan said, “I think you have the wrong question, he has no tendency, he is already the best of all time.”

To illustrate his point, Srdjan listed the number of weeks Novak had spent at No. 1, head-to-head matches, and the number of Masters titles. Furthermore, he claimed that Novak would even win another two Grand Slam titles and the Olympic gold this year.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The World No. 1’s father said that his son was a prominent figure in tennis and claimed, “He is the best, and everything in the world of tennis depends on him. He can lose, but not because his opponent outplayed him, but because he allowed his opponent to beat him.” 

Novak, who withdrew from the Miami Masters, has begun his preparations for the upcoming clay-court season. If he beats Rafael Nadal in Paris, he will earn an altogether nonpareil status in tennis.

However, his father believes that despite his arch-rivals, the 33-year-old belongs in the Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan category and said: “Well, an English journalist said last week, even though they are his fierce opponents, that his rivals are no longer Federer and Nadal, but compare him instead to Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. He’s that category for your.”

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PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 31: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks back onto the court following a rain delay during the Men’s Singles fourth round match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on day ten of 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2016, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, the Serbian has started his training for the clay-court season. He will resume his 2021 season at the Monte-Carlo Masters starting on April 11. Following that, Djokovic will play a home tournament in Serbia.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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