2021 was a fantastic year for Novak Djokovic, who has rewritten the record book on more than one occasion. The world number 1 broke Roger Federer's record for the most weeks at the top of the ATP ranking, thanks also to the new system introduced to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
The Serbian then cleared the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings, but missed a gluttonous chance to overtake the US Open. Having dispelled the New York disappointment, Nole returned to Paris-Bercy, where he won the 37th Masters 1000 of his legendary career.
Finally, the 34-year-old from Belgrade has guaranteed the certainty of ending the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time (detaching his idol Pete Sampras). Among the experts and former players, more and more are those who believe that Novak is the best of all time.
Speaking on the Tennis Channel, Andy Roddick expressed his opinion on the matter.
Andy Roddick talks about Djokovic
"Roger Federer's one of my dear, dear friends, I have so much respect for Rafa Nadal - I hope they both come back and win Majors," Andy Roddick said.
"But also very clearly, if Novak Djokovic ends his career with the most Grand Slam titles of all time, it is a statistical impossibility to argue against him being the greatest based on numbers, which is what we should base it on off."
Roddick cited some of Djokovic's significant records, including his positive head-to-head against Federer (27-23) and Nadal (30-28), to highlight his point. "Seven Year-End No. 1 is another feather in the cap to go along with most Masters 1000, to go with the winning head-to-head against the greatest players of all time," Roddick added.
"So it's hard to make an argument against Novak at this point. And he's the one who is in the best form." Roddick pointed out how the result was considered a major shock for Djokovic, which he feels is not the case since the Serb lost to the second-best player in the world.
"We kind of treated him getting beaten in a Grand Slam final like it was the biggest upset in the history, and by the way, he lost to the No. 2 player in the world after winning three Slams," Andy Roddick said. "Like that's the level we expect from him where he's not allowed to lose to anyone. It's crazy and he knows it."