Snooker great Ronnie O'Sullivan has placed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on his "GOAT list" as he says he "likes winners" O'Sullivan, a seven-time world snooker champion, is a great tennis fan. During his Eurosport studio appearance, O'Sullivan was asked to reveal his GOAT list.
"[Novak] Djokovic, [Roger] Federer, Tiger Woods. They would be the first," O'Sullivan told Eurosport. In snooker, O'Sullivan is widely regarded as one of the greatest in the sport's history. So it should come as no surprise that O'Sullivan is a huge fan of Djokovic and Federer.
"I like winners. I don't have a lot of time for people who don't win. I won't say losers, but I love winners," O'Sullivan added. In a recent appearance for the Eurosport podcast, O'Sullivan suggested that there is an intimidation factor in his and Djokovic's game.
"He may win a frame, two frames, three frames, or whatever, but he's going to fall apart. It's not his fault: just his game, physically, mentally, everything falls apart," O'Sullivan said on the podcast. Eurosport The Breakdown.
"In the end it all falls apart for them, you know what I mean? I just think 'you can't go on like this, I can' So I might go 4-4, but then I'll go 12-4 up. I just think I'm going to keep playing like this all the time and you've had to put everything into that 4-4, but you can't keep doing it.
Some days you can try everything and it just doesn't work out. I just look at him throughout a career and think 'have I been up most of the time?' O'Sullivan is a huge tennis fan and regularly follows Grand Slam tournaments.
After Federer's career reached his end, O'Sullivan paid him a moving tribute, congratulating him on an "incredible career" and describing him as a "huge inspiration".
Ivanisevic opens up on Djokovic
Novak Djokovic could stay at the top for another three years or so and win many more titles, his coach Goran Ivanišević has said.
"He was always physically fit and that was never a problem, and if he stays like that, I am convinced that he could stay at the top or near the top for another three years and fight for all the titles," Ivanišević said.
"Everything related to some kind of record is interesting to Novak. The question remains how much he will play and how long it will last, but at the moment he is in now, I am sure he could attack or influence those records as well," he added.