“The Greatest”: Former Compatriot Considers Novak Djokovic Superior to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Published 07/30/2021, 8:11 AM EDT
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)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has by far been the most dominant sportsperson this year. The manner in which he has ruled the tennis circuit, especially at the Grand Slam events is commendable. With the way he’s going about things, it is difficult to rule him out from winning the final Grand Slam event of the season in New York. 

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Recently, a compatriot of Novak Djokovic, Serbia’s Olympic team coach and Davis Cup captain, Victor Troicki spoke highly of the World No. 1 star. He felt the Serb has surpassed his arch-rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and termed him as the greatest of all time. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia embrace at the net after their singles match during Day Five of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The former player stated, “Already now, it’s obvious that he’s the greatest in our sport. The greatest ever to play and to achieve so many records. They’re both great champions, both Rafa and Roger, and I admire what they’ve done. But really Novak has (reached) new heights and new records and he’s for sure not going to stop here. He’s going to prove that he’s the best ever player.”

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Novak Djokovic going for greatness 

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Victor also spoke on the larger fan bases of Roger and Rafa. He felt Novak has his own set of fans. However, he feels his compatriot is concentrating on breaking all the records and setting new ones. He wants to cement himself into further greatness. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Rafael Nadal of Spain shows his emotions after his straight sets defeat by Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men’s singles semi final match on day seven of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 35-year-old former player added, “There is no point in talking again and again about that question. Roger and Rafa came first. Novak came after them, from a small country, Serbia. Some people are just more for Roger and Rafa because Novak came after them. Novak has his fans.”

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Coming to tennis, Djokovic lost his match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the semifinal, ending his hopes of a golden slam. However, he is still competing in the mixed doubles. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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