“Going to Win 3 or 4”: Former Top-5 Player Picks Novak Djokovic as the Future GOAT

Published 07/14/2021, 3:24 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville


Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic picked up his 20th Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Also, it is his third major title of the year, helping him match Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Most Grand Slams tally. In doing so, he has also brought down the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T) debate on a level front.

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So who is the GOAT now? For this, retired Argentine professional and two-time Roland-Garros semifinalist Jose Luis Clerc stated his viewpoint. According to him, the GOAT will be the one with “the most Grand Slam tournaments won.”

(All quotes are translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate)

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Now, since the Big three – Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic – are equivalent with 20 majors each, Clerc revealed who will run ahead amongst them.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland 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)

Jose Clerc adds in on the G.O.A.T debate between Federer, Nadal, and Novak Djokovic

The 62-year-old Argentine shared his tennis insights as a commentator during Grand Slam events. Naturally, he had to add in on the most prolonging and enticing debate in the world of tennis.

“At Wimbledon, we were all waiting for Djokovic to be consecrated so that the three [Federer – Nadal – Djokovic] are on a par with 20 titles,” Jose said. “I don’t think Roger will get another Slam, possibly Rafa, yes, but the one with the best chances and going to win three or four is Novak Djokovic.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

Furthermore, Clerc added on why he went with the Serbian ace as the conqueror. “Faced with adversity is when he plays best. He does a lot of yoga and visualization work, a fact that is fundamental for a sport as individual as tennis. Every day I understand it more. What the three of them do is historical, but history will mark Novak Djokovic,” he said.

Moving forward, the Argentine stated that the Serbian would now eye matching the Swiss maestro’s eight-time Wimbledon champion record. He also did not leave out the possibility of winning the Golden Slam as being on Djokovic’s list of things to do.

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Clerc denied a comparison between the current era and the yesteryears. He gave Swedish legend Bjorn Borg’s example for the same. “When [Björn] Borg won Wimbledon five times, the grass was very fast. So, it became very difficult to subtract, and you had to go up to the net a lot,” Clerc ended.

All in all, every expert and fan has their unique take on the G.O.A.T race. Who is the greatest of all time for you?

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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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