Novak Djokovic clinched his 20th Grand Slam title just over a week ago at Wimbledon, a triumph that has reignited the GOAT debate for the umpteenth time. By winning eight of the last 12 Majors played, the world number 1 has in fact equaled his eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a very short amount of time.
The 34-year-old Serbian has made no secret of wanting to hold the 'Calendar Golden Slam', having decided to go to Tokyo to also play the Olympics. The Belgrade veteran will then take a few weeks off before the US Open, where he will go hunting for his fourth seal in the Big Apple.
Also taking advantage of Roger and Rafa's current difficulties, Nole has the opportunity to complete a truly epic feat. His coach Goran Ivanisevic, who was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, believes Djokovic has all it takes to continue winning over the next few years.
The former Croatian champion also expressed his point of view on Federer and Nadal.
Goran Ivanisevic on Roger Federer
“I think men’s game is in a good stage. Okay, you have Roger Federer who is slowly out. I don’t think he can be No.
1 ever again. So is between Novak and Rafa for the records and all the stuff,” said Goran Ivanisevic. Even though he praised Djoker and Rafa, Ivanisevic claimed that a lot of players like Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, and Denis Shapovalov can be World No.1 in the coming 5-6 years.
“But you have a lot of guys who in next five to six years be No. 1, going to win different Grand Slams. Medvedev, Dominic did last year in US Open. You have young guys, Russians. You have Shapovalov. You have Italians, Berrettini, Musetti, Sinner,” added the coach.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of changes in rankings after these guys leave. I don’t know when they’re going to leave, but still, they here is going to be still the same situation. You have Tsitsipas, of course,” continued the former Croatian player.
“But when they leave we going to have a lot of different Grand Slam winners. Maybe in one year four different Grand Slam winners like we used to have before sometimes. So is going to change. But there are a lot of guys who are going to be No.
1. Going to change like that,” concluded Ivanisevic. Andy Murray was the last player other than the ‘Big Three’ who managed to climb to the No.1 spot in the rankings. It’ll be intriguing to see who amongst the next-gen stars will be able to reach their first.