Why Novak Djokovic is the strongest athlete ever

Maybe he won't be a flashy champion like Maradona or Alì could be: the Serbian has founded his empire on solidity and regularity, both in his game and in his results. He focused on a robotic tennis that defied history

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Why Novak Djokovic is the strongest athlete ever
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With the title won on Sunday at the US Open, Novak Djokovic got his 24th slam, succeeding in an unprecedented sporting feat, which probably has no equal in the history of sport. The numbers, records and statistics say it: Nole is the GOAT of tennis, perhaps the greatest athlete ever.

Given the same things they have won, and how they have won it, the dominance, the success, Djokovic can be compared to superstars such as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Tom Brady, Lionel Messi, Pelé, Diego Armando Maradona and Cristiano Ronaldo, Usain Bolt and Micheal Phelps.

The Serb has been winning for a long time, writing his own legend since 2008, the year he won his first Major. 15 years later, here he is again, competitive with everyone, the strongest of all his rivals. Who in the sporting world has dominated all his rivals, continuing to win continuously, for such a long period of time.

Everything must be placed on the scales. Physical and mental efforts, it's one against all. Nole did it, and he will continue to do so as long as his steel mind and rubber body will allow him. Maybe he won't be a flashy champion like Maradona or Alì could be: the Serbian has founded his empire on solidity and regularity, both in his game and in his results.

He focused on a robotic tennis that defied history, with a devastating irregularity for his opponents. How can you not consider an athlete like him one of the greatest of all time, if not the best of all?

Djokovic talked about this issue in the press conference

The 36-year-old from Belgrade is now in all respects the most successful tennis player ever in the men's field, if we take into consideration the Big Titles, i.e.

the most important and prestigious tennis tournaments in the world (Major, Masters 1000, ATP FInals). Over the years, Nole has gained the upper hand over his all-time opponents, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, also thanks to their absence and a competition that is unable to keep up with him, despite his venerable age.

Djokovic is considered, together with the Swiss and the Spaniard, the best tennis player in the history of the sport, if not the greatest. A recognition given to him by professionals, fans, but also by opponents, by virtue of the irrefutable statistical arguments that he possesses, but also for the way in which he achieved these successes.

However, the discussion can be extended to the widest range of all sports. Can the Balkan champion be compared to legends like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, Leo Messi, Tiger Woods, Nadia Comaneci or Muhammad Ali? It is the number one in the world himself who tries to give an answer to this question posed to him by Sportklub: "I leave it to others to decide whether I should be part of this discussion, but one fact is clear.

If I hadn't been Serbian, I would have been in the Olympus of the sports gods for many years, especially in the collective imagination of the Western world. But that's life, I'm grateful to be Serbian, it gives me faith and hope and makes everything I'm achieving even sweeter.

I still don't have in mind how many Slams I want to win until the end of my career. I don't have an exact number. I will continue to consider them as the most important tournaments and where I want to play the best tennis. It will remain like this in the next season or I don't know how many more seasons I will have in my legs."

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