Pat Cash: Novak Djokovic has beaten top guys over and over, in their prime


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Pat Cash: Novak Djokovic has beaten top guys over and over, in their prime

Former tennis star and current analyst Pat Cash thinks the greatest of all time debate is "stupid" but still appeared to suggest that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has a real shot at becoming the greatest player ever.

Djokovic, 32, has won 15 Grand Slam titles in his career -- including a Career Grand Slam and a Calendar Grand Slam -- as well as five titles at the ATP Finals event and one Davis Cup title. Roger Federer, 37, has spent the most weeks on the No.

1 spot and has won a record of 20 Grand Slam titles, while he also won six titles at the prestigious season-ending event and one Davis Cup title. Rafael Nadal, 33, has collected a total of 18 Grand Slam titles, won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and helped Spain win four four Davis Cup titles.

"I think that debate is stupid," Cash exclusively told Sport Klub. "To be honest, I don't get too much into that. Had he (Djokovic) won Roland Garros, it would have been hard to say that he's not one of the greatest -- if not the greatest ever...

To win four Grand Slams in a row twice would have been incredible. "The biggest challenge in tennis is to beat Nadal at Roland Garros. "And when we look at who Djokovic beat in the Grand Slam finals -- OK, it was (Jo Wilfried) Tsonga once and last year here (Kevin) Anderson -- but mostly it were Federer, Nadal and (Andy) Murray.

When you look at who the rest best in the Grand Slam finals -- those opponents weren't even close to that standard. "He (Djokovic) has beaten the best over and over and he holds the better head-to-head record against the nest in the world -- in their prime.

"That's absolutely phenomenal -- I know it's hard for the Nadal and Federer fans to admit it but it's a straight fact that Djokovic has the better head-to-head against both -- it is impossible to deny that."