There are fewer and fewer arguments to debate Novak Djokovic as the best tennis player in history. While the large fan base of both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been determined to taint the Serbian's constant triumphs, they seem increasingly removed from a reality that is dictating the final verdict.
"Nole", 34 years old and current world number one, acknowledged that he tries not to think about the race to be the GOAT and tries to focus on his work on the track. "The truth is that I do not allow myself to think too much about it.
I feel privileged to be able to be part of the history of this sport; at the same time, I need to follow my routines and my daily life on the circuit in the same way that I have always done, in the way that has given me success.
If I started to pay attention to all these speculations, all the debates and discussions, that would deviate me from my true priorities: to go step by step, day by day, to stay close to everything that makes me comfortable”, commented the winner of 19 Grand Slams.
“It is no secret that I am going to try to win all the Grand Slams that I can. I went for the historic Number 1 and managed to reach that milestone. All of these are factors that motivate me, but they are not present in my day to day.
Being in that debate is an honor, but I must keep working to pay attention to what really matters. That, I think, is the way to do things," added the Serbian after his victory over Cristian Garin in the third round of Wimbledon.
The truth is that no matter how much Federer and Nadal fans refuse to accept it, Djokovic is going to be the best tennis player in history. What do you think the Serbian needs to be the GOAT unanimously?
McEnroe believes Novak Djokovic will be beaten at the Tokyo Olympics
John McEnroe believes Novak Djokovic will be beaten at the Tokyo Olympics and thus will not be able to complete the Calendar Golden Slam.
But McEnroe feels Djokovic will bounce back strongly to win the US Open and complete the Calendar Slam. "This is my personal opinion, he's going to lose at the Olympics," John McEnroe said on BBC. "It's all best-of-three and it's tough to get back up that fast," explained McEnroe.
"Maybe someone can surprise him and then it will wake him up for the US Open and he'll win it all which will be monumental." McEnroe pointed out how Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Djokovic's two biggest rivals, have not managed to win the Calendar Slam.
"Federer or Nadal haven't done it either. It's been 50-odd years since Rod Laver did it in 1969," McEnroe added. "Novak did hold all four in a row at one stage and I'll take that any day of the week along with any other player. This is crazy that he's been this consistently good and arguably better than ever at this age."