Alexander Zverev: Statistically, Novak Djokovic is the greatest player of all time

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Alexander Zverev: Statistically, Novak Djokovic is the greatest player of all time

German tennis star Alexander Zverev believes Novak Djokovic will beat Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final and claim a record 21st Grand Slam. Djokovic, who beat Zverev to progress into the US Open final, is now also a win away from becoming the first player since 1969 to win all Grand Slams in the same season.

"Yeah, I mean, I think it's great for the sport. Nobody thought anybody will do it again, what Rod Laver did. To see him have the chance on Sunday, I do believe that he will do it is great. He's breaking every single record that there is," Zverev said.

"If you look at the stats, if you look the pure game of tennis action, he's the greatest of all time. Nobody is there with him, because most weeks world No. 1, most Masters 1000s titles, most likely going to be the most Grand Slams at the end of the day.

And he has the chance of winning all four in the same year. How do you compete with that?"

Zverev acknowledged the greatness of Djokovic

When facing the most pressure, Djokovic tends to rise to the occasion and deliver his best tennis.

"Yeah, he plays the best tennis when he needs to, which a lot of players don't. That's why he's the world No. 1. He comes up with the best tennis when he needs to. We play 55-shot rallies. The only way for me to win that rally is to hit a forehand winner.

That says it all, on a set point," Zverev explained. "Yeah, I mean, look, there is a reason why he's won 20 Grand Slams. There's a reason why he's spent the most weeks at world No. 1. There's a lot of reasons for that.

I think mentally he's the best player to ever play the game. Mentally in the most important moments I would rather play against anybody else but him."