Pat Rafter details why Novak Djokovic being the GOAT is 'pretty evident'


Pat Rafter details why Novak Djokovic being the GOAT is 'pretty evident'
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Australian tennis legend Pat Rafter thinks it is "pretty evident" that Novak Djokovic is "the best player of all time." Rafter, a former two-time Grand Slam champion and a former world No 1, was in Brisbane on Friday to announce the return of the Brisbane International at the start of the 2024 season.

There, Rafter was asked about Djokovic's 24th Grand Slam win at the US Open, which put the Serb two Slams ahead of Rafael Nadal and four Slams ahead of Roger Federer. “To me, (with) 24 (grand slam singles titles), it’s pretty evident that he’s best player of all time.

He’s got the record and he’s probably got the best win-loss record against all the players against each other as well, and against the other top players," Rafter told Australian media.

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Rafter declares Djokovic the greatest player in tennis history

Djokovic, who turned 36 in May, reached the final in all four Grand Slams this year and won three Slam titles.

With his Grand Slam success in 2023, Djokovic made a clear statement that even at this stage of his career he is still a very dominant force in the game. Following his US Open win, Djokovic highlighted that there is no reason for him to yet think about retirement.

Also, Djokovic said he is not chasing a specific Grand Slam number. “I don’t put any number right now in my mind on how many slams I want to win until the end of my career. I don’t really have any number. I’ll continue to prioritize them as my most important tournaments and where I want to play the best tennis.

So that will not change. That will stay the same in the next season or I don’t know how many more seasons I have in my legs. So let’s see," Djokovic said.

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