Patrick Mouratoglou: If Roger Federer is GOAT, then Novak Djokovic is strongest ever
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Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou thinks if Roger Federer is considered as the greatest player of all time then Novak Djokovic should be considered the strongest player of all time. Djokovic, Federer and Rafael Nadal each own 20 Grand Slams but many believe the Serb has the best shot at winning more Grand Slams and owning the all-time Major record when he retires.
Djokovic, 34, won the first three Grand Slams of this season before ending runner-up at the Us Open. “Djokovic dominates the world of tennis when he is at his best. If Roger Federer is the greatest player of all time, then Novak is the strongest," Mouratoglou said, as quoted on Essentially Sports.
Djokovic tipped to break the all-time Grand Slam record
"I believe when it’s all said and done, he will have the most Grand Slams and will probably be considered the greatest player to have ever played the game," former Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman told The Hindustan Times.
"The murmurs, the drama, the build-up that began post Wimbledon about him winning the Golden (then Calendar) Slam. It’s one of the most astonishing things out there, because it’s so rare, men or women. Serena was close and Novak himself has been close before, but not as close as this." Devvarman believes when Djokovic is feeling his game on the court it's virtually impossible to beat him.
"The narrative has shifted to a stage now where if Novak is feeling it, you’re not going to win. That’s one of the most devastating feelings as a tennis player," Devvarman noted. "Things like the Sampras serve, the Agassi return, the Rafa Nadal forehand and fight, the Roger flair are very easy to notice.
With Novak, we have seen him evolve over the years into a better player and an even better player and still continue to improve."