Andy Roddick: 'Novak Djokovic will be GOAT if he catches Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal'



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Andy Roddick: 'Novak Djokovic will be GOAT if he catches Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal'

The 2020 season is coming to its end, with the final battles left at the ATP Finals, the last event of the year. The GOAT race between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is still the most favorite topic in our sport's world after two Major titles for Djokovic and Nadal.

The Serb won the Australian Open while the Spaniard bounced back at his beloved Roland Garros in October, securing the 14th season with a Major title and catching Roger Federer on 20 trophies. Federer and Nadal are three Majors ahead of Djokovic, the youngest out of three, and the Serb is ready to give his best and catch his most distinguished opponents in the years to come.

Andy Roddick has little doubt that Djokovic will be the greatest player of all time once they finish their careers, saying Novak is the favorite at three out of four Majors in the next year or two. In Roddick's opinion, if he reaches the numbers of Federer and Nadal, Djokovic should stand above them, possessing a positive head-to-head record against both and having more year-end no.

1 honors and Masters 1000 trophies in his collection. Djokovic claimed "only" one Major title in 2020 despite a fantastic start of the season and an 18-0 score before the coronavirus pandemic.

Andy Roddick believes that Novak Djokovic will finish his career as the GOAT.

Novak didn't have a chance to defend the Wimbledon trophy, throwing everything at the US Open and Roland Garros in September and October.

In New York, Djokovic got defaulted for the first time in a career after hitting the lineswoman. In Paris, Novak reached the final but had nothing to challenge Rafael Nadal with, suffering a massive 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 loss to propel the Spaniard towards the 20th Major.

"In my mind, the debate is pretty straightforward. Novak Djokovic is the favorite in three out of the four Majors for the next year or two. If you think back in 2020, he misses Wimbledon, where he's been the best player for a long time.

He hit the lines lady at the US Open, and now it looks like Australia's in a bit of flux. Novak's going, 'Come on, we gotta get on the court, we gotta play these matches while I'm in the prime of my career.'

Let's say two of them end up with the same number of Majors; it's a tough statistical case to make against Novak Djokovic. If he ends up tied with the other two guys, we have to consider head-to-head, year-end No. 1 titles and the Masters 1000 trophies.

It's a really hard argument to make to say that Novak is not the best of all time if he ends up at least tied with the other two," Andy Roddick said.