Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on if he is greatest of all time

Djokovic owns the all-time Grand Slam record and he is the player with the most weeks spent at No. 1.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on if he is greatest of all time
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Novak Djokovic is refusing to give a clear answer on the greatest of all time debate as the world No. 1 is leaving that to others to decide. 

In 2023, Djokovic officially became the sole owner of the all-time Grand Slam record for the first time in his career. Now, Djokovic has 24 Grand Slams - he is still two Slams clear ahead of Rafael Nadal and is also guaranteed to finish with at least four more Majors than Roger Federer.

This past season, Djokovic also became the player with the most weeks spent at No. 1 by either a man or woman. Djokovic also owns the record for the most Masters and Year-End No. 1 finishes in tennis history - the 36-year-old Serb is also the oldest Year-End No. 1 in tennis history.

Considering that Djokovic now owns the biggest tennis records, some believe the Serb laid the GOAT debate to rest. 

Djokovic on if he is the GOAT 

"We can suggest three answers: I am the best. If we think that, some will say 'he is arrogant. He does not respect others,'" Djokovic said, via The Tennis Letter.

"The second answer is to say: I don't think I'm the greatest, showing off that I'm totally humble, which is possible. 

"And the third: I am who I am, I am proud of what I have accomplished, but I respect other eras and all opinions and I leave the GOAT debate to others. The third is my answer."

When the 2023 season started, Nadal owned a record 22 Grand Slams. But Nadal didn't play any tournaments after the Australian Open and Djokovic pushed his Grand Slam number to 24 titles. 

At the start of 2024, Nadal is returning to tennis. But after being out for 12 months and undergoing surgery, there is not much belief that Nadal can return to winning Grand Slams. Because of that, many think that the Grand Slam race is finished and that Djokovic has beaten Nadal and Federer for the all-time Slam record. 

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