The victory of Novak Djokovic once again caused a sensation with the Serbian champion who, by avoiding playing at 100% of his chances, managed to win yet another Grand Slam trophy and in this way he reached the great rivals of all time, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
The physical form of Novak Djokovic still seems to be at its best and despite the 34 years of age, many think that Nole can continue on the circuit for several more years. This year the Serbian champion reached the record of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings and also won 20 Grand Slams.
The next goal, not too far away, is the Golden Slam, or the possibility of winning the four Grand Slam titles and the Tokyo Olympic Games in the same year, a feat that would be considered epic not only in the world of tennis but in general.
Cash pays tribute to Novak Djokovic
Former Grand Slam champion Pat Cash, for one, is convinced that Novak Djokovic can "make the impossible dream come true" by completing the Calendar Slam. In a recent interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, the Australian said Djokovic has been playing at a whole different level than the rest of the field at Grand Slams.
"Well for Novak, I think this year is a great opportunity for him to grab a bunch of Grand Slams and grab all the titles," Cash said. "The younger players are coming through, but they’re not quite there yet.
And Novak is just sitting on top of that mountain as the king of the castle. And so this is the year that Novak can really grab the impossible dream [of winning the Calender Slam] – you know it really is, it’s there."
Pat Cash also heaped praise on Matteo Berrettini: "We’ve seen Andy Roddick do the same thing with [a] big serve, big forehand. But, Berrettini I think is even another level," Cash said. “Probably as good a serve as Roddick, but the forehand’s even bigger.
With that sort of game, and the ability to come to the net, volley, he moves really well”. For long, Novak Djokovic has always been mentioned behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a hugely popular debate in the tennis world, titled –The Greatest of All Time( GOAT).
No one knows what the criteria is for a player to be called the greatest ever. But, one thing is for sure – numbers and records play an important role to make someone legendary, and right now it’s Djokovic who appears to be leading the GOAT race.
By winning his third, straight Wimbledon crown last Sunday, the Serbian tennis star earned huge respect from fans and pundits alike.