Novak Djokovic answers very directly if he is willing to declare himself GOAT


Novak Djokovic answers very directly if he is willing to declare himself GOAT
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Novak Djokovic has refused to declare himself the greatest of all time because he believes he is not the one who should be making that statement. In 2023, Djokovic became the owner of the all-time Grand Slam record and he also set a new record for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot by male or female.

Djokovic now owns the two biggest tennis records and many believe the Serb laid the GOAT debate to rest this year. During his pre-tournament press conference at the Paris Masters, Djokovic was asked if he was willing to declare himself the GOAT.

Djokovic on the GOAT debate: Not up to me to make those statements

"No, I'm not going to say I am the greatest player of all times. It's not up to me to say things like that. I leave it up to others. Obviously I'm very proud that my greatest rival could say such things, but I leave this discussion to other people.

I'm honored to be a tennis player who's writing my own name in the history of tennis, and I'm glad to be at the top right now. That's the most important thing for me. Then we can discuss at length about the whole history of tennis, but once my career is over we can do it.

Right now I guess this is very interesting for you, for everyone, all of you who follow tennis. But as far as I'm concerned, that's not a priority for me. I need to maintain, to focus myself on what is important for me right now," Djokovic said.

Apart from the Grand Slam record, Djokovic also owns the all-time Masters record. Since Rafael Nadal is expected to retire in 2024, many believe the Grand Slam race is over and won by Nadal. At 36, Djokovic is still dominating and many expect the Serb to win more big titles before he calls it a career.

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