Former American Legend Picks Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams as the Greatest Players of All Time

Published 08/29/2021, 11:15 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Serena Williams of the USA and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose with the trophies during the 2016 Australian Open official draw at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


The stage is set and emotions are running high as fans gear up for the iconic US Open to unfold. Notably, ahead of its commencement, former American player Chris Evert has sparked the decade-old debate in the competition. Revealing who she thinks is tennis’ greatest player of all time, Chris made the tough choice between Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. While at it, she announced her favorite WTA star as well.

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Chris Evert, simply put, is a legend of the game. With 18 singles Grand Slam titles in her bag, the former World No. 1 is one of tennis’ finest. However, her comments on the ‘G.O.A.T’ debate might have affected her fan following to an extent, surely. Regardless, Chris details the technical and physical differences as she picks Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams as her top most athletes.

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Novak Djokovic for the win

For eons now, the ‘big 3’ have dominated any and every tennis conversation both on and off the court. Leveled at 20 Grand Slams each, their sheer greatness lies within their rivalry. However, with injuries ruling out Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal more often than usual, the Serbian is the last man standing. Hence, the American legend backs him to surpass his compatriots.

Making the all-important pick, she said, “I think Novak (Djokovic) if he has another three or four years especially I think he is going to have to be considered the greatest of all time. Mentally, physically oh my gosh, and emotionally he’s above them all I think.” 

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

“Shot making, artistry Roger Federer. Fitness and warrior, fighter Rafa Nadal but Djokovic will win more tournaments and will win more grand slam tournaments and will have a better record,” she added, detailing the individual strengths of the three.

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From one legend to another, Chris picked Serena Williams as the best in the women’s circuit. Choosing the American, she said, “If you put all the best tennis players of all-time I would say Serena.” Undoubtedly, even as injury comes to Serena’s misery, she remains every pundit’s top pick.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after winning her third round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

23 Grand Slam titles to her name and an untouchable legacy in the game, Serena is a legend. However, with every passing day, her career is being relegated to the rear-view mirror, despite promising a return. Soon to turn 40, rumors of retirement are on the rise. Her recent withdrawal from the US Open and the rest of the 2021 season provided another spark to the same.

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Die-hard fans still believe in and await a historic comeback against all odds. However, in a more realistic world, is a return from Serena Williams still on cards?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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