Novak Djokovic occupied the first position of the ATP ranking for a total of 282 weeks, third behind Roger Federer (310) and Pete Sampras (286), of which 122 in a row. From Wimbledon 2015 to Roland Garros 2016 he won consecutively, even if not in the same year, the four Grand Slam tournaments, performing the so-called "virtual Grand Slam" or "Nole Slam", a result that, in men's tennis, has not been successful since the times by Rod Laver (winner of the Grand Slam in 1962 and the only one in the Open Era in 1969).
He is the only tennis player in history to have won the nine Masters 1000 tournaments in his career. In a recent interview with Tennis Channel, Andy Roddick believed the ‘GOAT Debate’ will become more interesting if the tennis trio ends their careers with an equal number of Slams amongst themselves.
“If Novak somewhere gets to the point if he’s tied for the all-time Slams record with Rafa and Roger. Then, for me it becomes very important on the head-to-head, you go to the Masters titles. He's insane” Roddick said.
“Against everyone in the world, Novak has played more than a couple of times, he has a winning record against all of them. He’s insane, to have a head-to-head winning record against Roger, Rafa, and Murray so on and so forth.
If Novak ties with them in the end, it’s going to be really tough to argue his resume," the former World number 1 added. The Serbian champion holds a positive head-to-head record against the two glass towers of tennis.
He’s one of the two ATP men to defeat Nadal at French Open, and he has thrice denied Federer from winning another Wimbledon title.
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