Stan Wawrinka is backing Novak Djokovic to go down as the best tennis player of all time. Djokovic, 35, is tied with Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 22 Majors. Also, Djokovic owns the record for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot.
When it's all said and done, Wawrinka thinks Djokovic's resume will be enough for the Serb to be declared the best tennis player of all time. If Wawrinka beats Luca van Assche in his Banja Luka opener, he would play Djokovic in the round-of-16.
"If you look at the results and all the parameters, I think Novak will end up as the best of all time. I consider Novak a good friend. It was always a huge challenge to play against him. I won it in the Grand Slam finals, and those are some of my most beautiful memories," Wawrinka said in Banja Luka.
Wawrinka backs Djokovic again in the GOAT debate
In early March, Wawrinka acknowledged the greatness of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer. Wawrinka noted there is an argument for each Big Three in the GOAT debate. But when it comes to who will be the most successful of the three, Wawrinka backed Djokovic.
“They broke all the records between him, Rafa and Roger. They took everything and ate everything. These are the greatest players in the history of tennis. Let’s go on the GOAT, I have no problem saying things and saying what I think.
It all depends on what one is looking for in this list, simply. Already I think it’s difficult to talk about athletes who are still playing. It’s always better to make a list when the players have stopped and finished their career.
If we talk about pure results and pure victories, Novak will be ahead of the other two. I have been convinced of this for years and in my opinion this is what will happen. They have this chance and this bad luck to have been in the same generation and at the same time and they marked the history of tennis in a different way, the three," Wawrinka said.
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