Former ATP ace comments on Novak Djokovic's status

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Former ATP ace comments on Novak Djokovic's status

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer hold many Masters 1000 records. The famous trio have set the bar very high and have achieved things that will take place in the future. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are the only tennis players with 50 Masters 1000 finals, competing in 159 combined and with a difference of six between them.

Djokovic has jumped ahead of his main rivals in the last two years, standing as the proud owner of 56 Masters 1000 finals, three more than Rafael Nadal. Djokovic's first Masters 1000 finals came in 2007, and he is more than competitive 15 years later.

The Serbian contested two title matches this year, winning the crown in Rome and being runner-up in Paris. The Paris Masters was the 56th Masters 1000 final for Novak, who was playing for the eighth time in the French capital and seeking a seventh title.

Novak started the action against Maxime Cressy and prevailed 7-6 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes. Djokovic dropped six points after the opening blow and kept the pressure on the other side. The American gave his best to remain competitive, hitting 15 aces and coming to the net nearly 50 times.

Cressy saved four of five break points and took a 4-3 lead in the second set before Djokovic delivered the only break of his and chained three straight games to come out on top. The Serb beat Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-1 in the third round to advance to the quarterfinals.

Djokovic defeated Khachanov for the eighth time in nine matches, experiencing the only loss in the Paris Masters final four years ago. The Serb lost serve once and made four breaks from eight chances to control the scoreboard and cruise to the round of 16.

Djokovic is still the best

Mats Wilander has welcomed Novak Djokovic's participation in the 2023 Australian Open, highlighting why it is a significant moment in tennis history. "We're in the middle of a battle between the Big 3 for the honor of the best of all time.

The number of Grand Slams would have become completely irrelevant if Novak hadn't been allowed to play anymore," Mats Wilander said in an interview with Eurosport. "Most would really like to know who we can call the number one of all time.

That's also important for the press. The place that we get as a professional sport in the media will, I believe, be given by the return of this race or its revival massively upgraded. If he hadn't been allowed into the Australian Open now, the history of our game would have been curtailed in a way," the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion added.