‘Lifted Tennis to a New Level’ – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer’s Goat Debate Sees a New Twist as Former Pro Looks Beyond Numbers

Published 12/11/2023, 9:00 AM EST

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The age-old debate of the G.O.A.T. persists in almost every sport. Former tennis champ Gilles Muller joined in for an exclusive interview with EssentiallySports. Muller spoke his mind on many things during the chat. However, his opinions about the World’s No.1 Novak Djokovic as well as Roger Federer became the highlight of this interview.

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While fans often snark at each other for this debate, Muller gave quite a fitting answer to this question. Weighing all aspects of this debate, his reply was quite practical as well as respectful. What he said about the Serb is worth talking about.

Gilles Muller on Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

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The debate over the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) has always stirred the pot. It often creates a riveting conversation among fans and experts alike. During an exclusive interview with Gilles Muller on EssentiallySports, the former tennis champion delved into this perennial discussion. Casually, Muller was dropped with the ultimate bombshell question. Whom would he declare as his choice for the tennis G.O.A.T?

He said: “It’s a very tough question because you’re always going to upset someone. Because if we’re looking at results, if we’re looking at stats, I think there’s no way around Novak Djokovic.”  Muller highlighted Djokovic’s impressive Grand Slam victories. In his words: “I mean he’s won the most Grand Slams, he’s won the most Masters Series, he’s been the number one I think for the longest time. So there’s no way past him if you only look at the results.”

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However, Muller quickly pivoted to a more nuanced perspective. As per him: “If I look at the whole thing, for me, I felt like it was Roger Federer that lifted tennis to a new level. Just the way he was playing, his style, his elegance on the court, the way he behaved outside the court, then I think he’s the biggest.” Muller passionately expressed his admiration for Roger Federer.

Muller credited the Swiss maestro for elevating the sport to unprecedented heights. The dilemma Muller faced echoed the sentiments of many fans. In the end, Muller’s perspective injected a fresh twist into the age-old G.O.A.T. debate. This has left tennis enthusiasts contemplating the essence of greatness.

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The paradox of perceptions

The spotlight not only shines on statistics but also on the contrasting personas of tennis titans Djokovic and Federer. Muller’s insights opened a window into the dichotomy of criticism these legends face. Djokovic, with his intense on-court demeanor, often draws flak for his perceived roughness. Muller’s acknowledgment of Djokovic’s undeniable results contrasts with the scrutiny the Serb faces for his competitive edge.

On the other end of the spectrum, Federer is hailed for his elegance and faces criticism for being perceived as too soft off the court. Muller’s admiration for Federer’s impact on tennis introduces a paradox. How contrasting personalities invite scrutiny in the unforgiving world of sports commentary.

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Critics manage to find fault in both the fierce and the graceful. The G.O.A.T. discussion goes beyond statistics as it is also bounded by the complex fabric of perception. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.

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Charrvi Singh

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Ever since Naomi Osaka?s infamous withdrawal from the tennis circuit in the 2021 French Open, I have been enamored by tennis stars and their psyche. With a background in psychology, I am interested in delving into the minds of the sport's biggest stars while keeping my readers informed about the latest developments in the tennis world. At EssentiallySports, I focus on stories that dive beyond the sport and focus on the personal lives of the biggest tennis stars.
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