‘Numbers Just Don’t Lie’: Boris Becker Feels Novak Djokovic Has Surged Past Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Published 12/22/2021, 12:06 PM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan 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)


For more than two decades now, men’s tennis has been dominated by three players, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Amongst the three champions tied on 20 Grand Slam titles each, there’s the ever-present debate about who is the greatest of all time. However, the Serbian’s dominance over the past decade, and especially the last couple of years, has tipped the scales in his favor. 

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Recently, former Grand Slam champion and former coach of Novak Djokovic, Boris Becker spoke highly of the World No. 1 player. He felt that if Federer, Djokovic and Nadal retired today, the Serbian would be the greatest of all time for him. 

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Numbers of Novak Djokovic speak for themselves over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

Taking note of this topic, the 54-year-old former player said, “They have played against each other for the past 15 years. They didn’t win more Grand Slams because the other one won them. Numbers just don’t lie. As a tennis player, the number of weeks at No 1 is very important. Novak is simply way ahead there. If all three of them stopped playing tennis today, I would see Novak at No 1.”

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Coming to tennis, Djokovic has been playing exceptionally well lately. In 2021, he managed to surpass Federer for holding the top spot in rankings for the most number of weeks. After winning Wimbledon this year, he is now on 20 Majors, tied with rivals Roger and Rafa.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia clebrates with his coach, Boris Becker following his victory during the Men’s Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill for Adidas/Getty Images)

With the ways things are going, it looks certain that the Serb has the best chance to win more Grand Slam titles than the other two. Especially since Nadal and Federer have been dealing with recurring injuries and only Nole has managed a consistent run on the Tour. 

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Now that the 2021 season is over, it will be interesting to see how things unfold as far as the Grand Slam events are concerned next year. All eyes will be on the big three and how they perform. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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