Another day, another record When Novak Djokovic lost the first set to a ruthless Italian attack, he raised a few eyebrows. Matteo announced his arrival to the match, pocketing the first set with a relentless attack. However, with history at stake, the world No.
8 would need a lot more to topple the Serbian behemoth. Aiming for resurrection, Novak started the second set and played what he claimed was his best tennis at the US Open so far. In a complete shutout, he edged out Matteo and reached the semifinals.
Notably, with this victory, Novak marked a fifth season that saw him reach the semi-finals of the 4 great slams, namely the Australian Open, the French Open, the Wimbledon Championship and the US Open. Reaching this milestone, he sits at the top of the list, alongside fellow 'big 3' member Roger Federer.
In the future, Novak prepares for a battle against an opponent that he would rather not remember. The man on a mission will now meet Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev. Can Novak Djokovic get revenge for his loss in Tokyo? In his way of life, Novak seemed unstoppable heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Regardless, the young German Alexander Zverev was not afraid of the Serbian's stature. When the two ATP stars met in Tokyo, Alexander shook the sporting world, eliminating the Golden Slam favorite.
Nicolas Mahut reflects on Roger Federer
Nicolas Mahut recently weighed in on the GOAT debate, making a case for both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer for different reasons.
"We are entering a very sensitive subject because we must first see the definition of GOAT: what it represents, from the record, it's obvious that Djokovic would be (the GOAT) if he wasn't already," Mahut said.
"If we just look at pure statistics, he has more weeks as number 1, he will have the most Slams or at least be tied. The head to head with Federer and Nadal, it is positive against both. If we look at the numbers and statistics, obviously in terms of records, Djokovic would be the biggest."
Nicolas Mahut cited the example of legendary golfers Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to explain how the greatest is not always the player with the better numbers. "Like in golf, for example, Tiger Woods had more of an impact than a Nicklaus," Mahut explained.
"Yet Jack Nicklaus has a better track record than him. Maybe Djokovic is the stronger because he came at a time when Federer and Nadal were already there," Mahut said. "That’s what he managed to do very well because he was so far behind.
Quite frankly I don't think we'll ever be able to decide. Obviously if we look at the pure figures, the record will speak in favor of Novak."