Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have had the ability to remain competitive even after turning 30. The 39-year-old Swiss hasn't won a Major since the beginning of 2018, when he won the Australian Open, with a great regret deriving from the mocking outcome of Wimbledon 2019.
Yet another triumph at Roland Garros allowed Nadal to equal Federer at altitude. 20 Major, crowning a very long chase that lasted for over ten years. Djokovic is the youngest of the Big 3, but he still has to recover three points from his eternal rivals.
The Serbian phenomenon finished the season at the top of the ATP ranking for the sixth time in his career, thus equaling the record of his idol Pete Sampras. Speaking on the Tennis Channel alongside former world number 1 Jim Courier, Andy Roddick expressed his views on the eternal debate surrounding the greatest ever.
'A-Rod' confessed that he believes Djokovic is the favorite in the GOAT title race.
Roddick and Courier on the GOAT debate
“Let’s say two of them end up even as far as Grand Slams. It’s a really hard statistical case to make against Novak Djokovic if he ends up tied with the other two guys, based on head-to-head, based on year-end No.
1, based on Masters Series 1000 titles,” Andy Roddick said. “It’s a really hard argument to make to say that Novak is not the best of all time if he ends up at least tied with the other two”. Andy Roddick believes Djokovic will be the favorite at all the Majors except the French Open for the next couple of years.
The Serb would be particularly eager to compete at the Australian Open, where he is an eight-time champion, and close in on his rivals. "I think Novak Djokovic is the favorite in three out of the four Slams for the next year or two.
If you think back in 2020, he misses Wimbledon where he’s been the best player for a long time [because it was canceled due to the pandemic]. The US Open happens and he hits the lines lady. Now it looks like Australia’s in a bit of flux.
Novak’s going, ‘Come on, we gotta get on the court, we gotta play these matches while I’m in the prime of my career'," Roddick said. Jim Courier meanwhile estimates that Novak Djokovic will win more Grand Slams going forward than either Federer or Nadal, as long as he remains healthy.
“The way I see it....Novak will win more Majors from today than the other two players, I believe,” Courier said. “Rafael Nadal I think will be second in that competition. Roger Federer, maybe he has another one in him.
But I think Nadal has probably got 2-3 more in him, I think that Djokovic is somewhere in that 5-6 range, all assuming health”.