“Little Interest to Me”: Matteo Berrettini Believes Novak Djokovic Can’t Be GOAT Based on Numbers

Published 08/31/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar


World No.1 Novak Djokovic has already won three Grand Slams this year. He will be eyeing the Calendar Slam now at the US Open 2021- something that no tennis player has achieved in the 21st century so far. Many experts and fans believe that the G.O.A.T debate will end if Djoker succeeds at the upcoming Grand Slam.

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In an exclusive interview to the Courier Deal Sera, World No.8 Matteo Berrettini highlighted that according to stats and numbers, Novak Djokovic is already the greatest player of all time in the sport. Thus, he believes that the Serbian legend has got nothing to prove at the US Open 2021.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Italy’s Matteo Berrettini after winning the men’s final REUTERS/Paul Childs

“The numbers say it probably already is. But beyond the records, which are of little interest to me, there are emotions,” said Berrettini in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Even though Berrettini admitted that the numbers favor him, he revealed that records are not that important for him. He also stated that emotions hold much more value for him.

Berrettini has been a Roger Federer fan since his childhood. As a result, he might be trying to say that even though Nole surpasses Federer in numbers, the Swiss Maestro will always be above Djokovic for him.

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Matteo Berrettini accepts that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players in the sport

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Berrettini emphasized that Djokovic has uplifted his gameplay and is now a legend of the sport. Thus, he reiterated that he is one of the best players who ever played the sport.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his second round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

“Certainly Nole is up there, among the great ones,” added the Italian player.

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Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini can potentially meet in the quarter-finals of the US Open 2021. Fans have huge expectations from this encounter and expect it to be a blockbuster. Will Djokovic be able to accomplish his Calendar Slam in New York this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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