2021 is the year where world number one Novak Djokovic is equaling and breaking all records and appears ready to break away from the two great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and be recognized by most fans of this sport as the GOAT.
In these days the Serbian champion will take part in the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games and will aim at the last two great goals to complete this extraordinary year, the Golden Slam. Beyond that Nole will become the first tennis player in the history of the Open era, since Rod Laver, to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year.
The Swiss champion Roger Federer lives in a completely different situation: also twenty times champion of Slam tournaments, the Swiss has lived the last two years conditioned on the one hand by the pandemic and on the other, above all by a double surgery that has seriously affected his return to playing tennis.
Belinda Bencic talks about Roger Federer
Belinda Bencic recently gave her thoughts on a variety of topics, including her initial reaction to Roger Federer's withdrawal from the Tokyo Games and the prospect of making her Olympic debut.
"Of course I was very sad and disappointed, but I really appreciated that Roger Federer called me," Bencic said during an interaction with a Swiss daily. The 24-year-old also sympathized with Federer, saying she could relate to the Swiss' struggles as she too had battled injury problems in the past.
The youngster then wished the Swiss maestro a speedy recovery. "I know from my own experience what it feels like to be injured. And health is always top priority," Bencic said. "I wish that he has recovered well and will be back on the court soon."
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been playing professional tennis for 23 and 20 years, respectively. The rivalry has been a source of healthy competition for both players. However, at the beginning of the 2010s decade, Djokovic slowly started rising up the ranks and won a few majors.
It is now about time he entered the GOAT debate, after winning 20 Grand Slam titles within a decade. “Roger and Rafa have fed off each other so it will be interesting to see if it has had an effect on the Spaniard when he returns next month in Washington DC.
They will be aware that the players around ten years younger are getting better – it is now Novak and then quite a big chasing pack,” said Boris Becker in the Daily Mail.