Iconic coach: Everybody loves Roger Federer but Novak Djokovic might go down as GOAT

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Iconic coach: Everybody loves Roger Federer but Novak Djokovic might go down as GOAT

Legendary tennis coach Rick Macci praised Roger Federer for his elegance and Novak Djokovic for his consistency. "Everybody loves Federer because of the way he plays, so graceful and artistic and stuff like that. We judge it on how many Slams that you win you can’t argue with Djokovic.

Because of the way his consistency and staying up there have very few speed bumps," Macci told Essentially Sports. Macci acknowledged it looks like Djokovic will go down as the greatest player of all time but underlined that Rafael Nadal can't be counted out.

"It looks like Novak right now but Federer is maybe the best player in my opinion but Novak might go down as the greatest, but don’t count out Rafa either," Macci said.

Djokovic was also tipped by Somdev Devvarman to end as the GOAT

"I believe when it’s all said and done, he will have the most Grand Slams and will probably be considered the greatest player to have ever played the game," former Indian tennis player Devvarman told The Hindustan Times.

"The murmurs, the drama, the build-up that began post Wimbledon about him winning the Golden (then Calendar) Slam. It’s one of the most astonishing things out there, because it’s so rare, men or women. Serena was close and Novak himself has been close before, but not as close as this."

Devvarman believes when Djokovic is feeling his game it's virtually impossible to beat him. "The narrative has shifted to a stage now where if Novak is feeling it, you’re not going to win. That’s one of the most devastating feelings as a tennis player," Devvarman noted.

"Things like the Sampras serve, the Agassi return, the Rafa Nadal forehand and fight, the Roger flair are very easy to notice. With Novak, we have seen him evolve over the years into a better player and an even better player and still continue to improve."