Amid the raging debate on ‘GOAT’ in men’s tennis, some top stars have made their predictions on who is going to finish as Numero Uno at the end of the 2021 season. Apart from clinching his 17th Grand Slam title last year, Serb superstar Novak Djokovic also finished the season as the Word Number 1.
In the process, he recorded the 6th #1 finish of his career, putting himself at par with the legendary Pete Sampras. And it is Djokovic again, who is likely to top the rankings at the end of this season, if the consensus among top stars, including American Frances Tiafoe, veterans Fabio Fognini and John Isner, Austrian David Goffin, and future superstars Alex De Minaur, Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz is anything to go by.
Apart from being in the race for the most Grand Slam titles along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and potentially leaving them in his slipstream should he win all 4 Majors this year, Djokovic is an arm’s distance away from some career milestones.
Federer and Nadal currently top the tally for most Grand Slam titles in the men’s game, with 20 trophies apiece. However, the Serb, at 33, could, by many estimates, go past his peers and set his own mark before he is done.
While the Grand Slam race is still very much on, with Djokovic being the trailing rival jockey aiming for a photo finish, the Serb is chasing other goals that seem to be more realistic at this point.
He is just 9 weeks shy of beating Roger Federer’s record of spending 310 weeks as the top-ranked player. The Serb became only the second man in tennis history to complete 300 weeks as World Number 1 on December 21st, last year.
Djokovic, who currently leads Nadal by 2,180 points in the ATP rankings, and will leapfrog Federer if he can stay as the top-ranked player till March 8th, 2021.
The Serb will also upstage Sampras and set the record for most career year-end #1 finishes if he can close this season as the top-ranked player.
Djokovic is also inches away from his 9th Australian Open title this year, which will put him alongside the iconic Martina Navratilova for the highest number of Grand Slam titles won at a single event.
Navratilova won 9 of her 18 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon. Djokovic fans would dearly hope that the prediction of his peers rings true at the end of this season.