Novak Djokovic finished the previous season as the world's leading player for the sixth time in his career. Still, the Serb failed to lift a trophy at the US Open or Roland Garros, trailing three Major titles behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and feeling eager to change that in 2021.
As we all know, the Serb has conquered all three Majors this season to match his great rivals and become a massive favorite to finish his career with the most Major titles on his tally. Novak secured the ninth Australian Open title in February, beating Daniil Medvedev in the final and setting eyes at Roland Garros.
Winning only one crown in Paris in the past, Djokovic changed his fortune and defeated Rafael Nadal in the semi-final after an epic battle. In the title clash, the Serb trailed two sets to love to Stefanos Tsitsipas before starting all over and securing the following three sets to wrap up the encounter and write history books as the only player in the Open era with two trophies at all four Majors.
Goran Ivanisevic never had doubts about who would win the GOAT race.
Djokovic was the favorite at Wimbledon, and he went all the way to clinch the sixth title at the All England Club and catch Federer and Nadal on 20 Majors.
With his form and the ability to play on a high level at all for Major events, Novak should leave his greatest rivals behind by the end of the season or in 2022, still standing strong in the physical battle with the young guns and outplaying them with incredible mental strength.
Novak's coach Goran Ivanisevic has always been confident about his pupil's chances of becoming the GOAT, speaking about that after the Australian Open and having no doubts about Novak's qualities. "This is great. Number 18 is secured, and now the chase is on.
It should be great, as Novak has a lot of confidence. Rafa will win at least one more Major; I hope not two, but one for sure. All three are unbelievable; they produce better and better tennis when you think they are gone. The young guns are coming, but these guys are one step better in the finals.
I don't know where is the end of their domination. It's amazing what they are doing on the court and how they perform in big matches. I'm waiting for Roger to come back. It's going to be more interesting to see what will happen at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
I said a couple of years ago that Rafa and Novak will both overtake Roger, and I still believe that," Goran Ivanisevic said.
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