Serena Williams' ex-coach issues massive statement on Novak Djokovic becoming GOAT

Djokovic owns a record 24 Grand Slam titles and has also spent the most weeks at the No. 1 spot.

by Dzevad Mesic
Serena Williams' ex-coach issues massive statement on Novak Djokovic becoming GOAT
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Serena Williams' childhood coach Rick Macci suggests Novak Djokovic becoming the greatest of all time while competing in the same era with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is the most impressive part of the Serb's success.

When Djokovic showed up on the tennis scene, Federer was widely regarded as the best player in the game and Nadal was already a Grand Slam champion. During that period, Federer was widely tipped to achieve the biggest success in tennis history and many also believed that Nadal would come close to the Swiss. 

But after becoming a Grand Slam champion at the 2008 Australian Open, Djokovic went on to form the Big Three with Federer and Nadal and ultimately achieve the biggest success in tennis history. Today, Djokovic is a record 24-time Grand Slam champion and also owns the record for the most weeks spent at the world No. 1 spot.

"What I love most about the Serbian Sniper is he became the GOAT with FED and Rafa with him in the same Boat. @DjokerNole," Macci wrote on X.

Djokovic confident more success will come his way

At this past Australian Open, Djokovic suffered his first loss since 2018 and failed to defend his Australian Open title. While young stars like Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner have proved that they are capable of competing well against Djokovic and beating him, the 36-year-old Serb remains confident he is not done yet. 

"We have a saying in our country, 'You can kill us, our body, but you can never kill our soul and our spirit. I really believe in that," Djokovic said on the Today Show.

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During the same interview, Djokovic highlighted that his success is unque.

"In the end of the day, how many tennis players in history are able to do the things that I've done and I've achieved. I'm not saying this to praise myself, I'm saying this to remind myself of, 'Hey, pinch yourself, look where you are and look what you've done.' At the same time, I feel like it's one chapter of my life, there are more chapters to come," Djokovic added. 

After losing in the Australian Open semifinal to Sinner, Djokovic decided not to play any tournaments in February as his next tournament is set to come in early March at the Indian Wells Masters.

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