Novak Djokovic is already considered by many to be the GOAT, regardless of the outcome of the US Open 2021. The world number 1 won the top three majors of the season by mending the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as well as beating the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.
The Serbian phenomenon aims to write the umpteenth page of history in New York, where he will have the chance to become the second player in the Open Era to achieve the Grand Slam. The 34-year-old from Belgrade's race will start on Tuesday against Holger Rune, the young talent who has stood out at Challenger level in recent weeks.
The two know each other quite well, having trained more than once together in Monte Carlo. It will not be easy for Nole to manage the enormous load of pressure on his shoulders, which is set to increase further in the decisive rounds.
In a recent interview with 'Fanside', WTA legend Chris Evert said beautiful words for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Evert pays tribute to Novak Djokovic
"I think Novak Djokovic, if he has another three or four years especially, I think he is going to have to be considered the greatest of all time," Chris Evert said.
"Mentally, physically oh my gosh, and emotionally he’s (Djokovic) above them all I think”. The American did heap praise on some of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's characteristics and qualities, but stressed that Djokovic's record and overall numbers are hard to argue against.
"Shot-making, artistry Roger Federer," Evert added. "Fitness and warrior, fighter Rafa Nadal. But Djokovic will win more tournaments and will win more Grand Slam tournaments and will have a better record."
During the interview Chris Evert also gave her thoughts about Naomi Osaka and her recent struggles. "My heart goes out to these players," the American said. "Yeah they are making a lot of money, but there is a price for everything and it's delving into your private life."
Evert pointed out that Osaka went from "rags to riches" in a matter of a few years, which according to the American is a difficult thing to deal with. "Naomi started out very shy and introverted, she didn’t have a lot of experience, wasn’t sophisticated in life and at dealing with people," Evert said.
"She started out that way four or five years ago, then all of a sudden she made 56 million dollars last year and she is living in LA, she has a rapper boyfriend. "It's just a big difference in lifestyle. It's not only the press, it's going from rags to riches that's an issue, that is not easy to go through that."