Matteo Berrettini: Novak Djokovic is doing something the other two didn't do

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Matteo Berrettini: Novak Djokovic is doing something the other two didn't do

Italy's Matteo Berrettini has acknowledged that Novak Djokovic is "doing something" that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer haven't done but has refused to name the Serb the greatest tennis player of all time.

Djokovic, who has broken the record for the most weeks spent as world No. 1, is two wins away from winning the US Open and clinching a record 21st Grand Slam title. Also, Djokovic will become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year if he wins the US Open.

"No. It's always tricky this question for me because there are personal opinions and then there are the stats and stuff," Berrettini said, when asked if Djokovic was better than Nadal and Federer. "I just know we are experiencing something that didn't happen in the last I don't know how many years.

Just looking at the stats, just looking at the numbers, he's doing something that the other two didn't do. "But then everybody can say the G.O.A.T. is one player or the other player. There are still some people that they think McEnroe or Sampras or Agassi was just better than him.

It's a personal feeling. I think this is what is great about the sport."

Berrettini feels honored when he plays Djokovic

"For example, for me, LeBron is better than Michael Jordan, but it's not that they're going to kill me for that.

It's just my personal feeling. Because I wasn't born when he was playing. It's just different," Berrettini added. "I think playing against him is such an honor in a way because we are experiencing something that is great.

I told him that I wished him good luck for what he is doing. At the end of the careers we can compare. "But I enjoy them. I enjoy what they're doing. I don't like to pick one of the three."