2007 Australian Open runner-up Fernando Gonzalez says he is sure Novak Djokovic will finish with the most Grand Slam titles but adds the statisitics may not be the decisive factor in declaring who is the greatest tennis player of all time.
Djokovic won three Grand Slam titles in 2021 to tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors. Also this year, Djokovic broke the all-time Masters record, passed Federer for most weeks spent as No.
1 and clinched a record seventh year-end No. 1 ranking. “A few years ago, the idea that anyone could win 10 Grand Slams was incredible, but now we have three guys with 20 and it is just amazing,” Gonzalez exclusively told Tennis365.
“In terms of the numbers, I’m sure Novak is going to end up with the most Grand Slams and maybe the best statistics, but for me there are other factors when you decide who is the greatest. “Novak is breaking all the records and it looks like he will continue to do that for a number of years."
Gonzalez prefers Federer over Djokovic
Gonzaled, a former world No. 5, had a chance to play against each member of the Big Three group. In his lone Grand Slam final played at the Australian Open in 2007, Gonzalez was beaten by Federer.
“For me, you don’t just say this guy had the most the titles so he is the best. You can pick who your favourite is for the way the three guys play, I prefer Roger. His one-handed backhand, serve and volley and his style is more classic.
“When you watch Novak he looks like he will never miss a ball and Rafa is running everywhere with pain all over his body, so it is tough to say who is the greatest”. Djokovic could break the all-time Grand Slam as soon as in January but his participation at Melbourne Park is in doubt since he has refused to reveal his vaccination status.