For almost two decades now, men's tennis has been under the monopoly of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, capable of totaling 58 Slams overall. The Swiss and the Spaniard are currently paired at 20, with the Majorcan who will have the chance to overtake Roland Garros in a few months.
Also keep an eye on the number 1 in the world who - by winning the Australian Open for the ninth time in his career - narrowed the gap to 18 majors. Aided by the new ranking system, the 33-year-old Serbian is also already certain to break the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.
The debate surrounding the greatest player of all time ignites every time one of the Big 3 triumphs in a Grand Slam, mostly due to the fact that Roger, Rafa and Novak are no longer in their prime. Federer will turn 40 next August, while Nadal and Djokovic are well over thirty.
In an interview granted to the Sport1.de portal, the well-known WTA coach Sascha Bajin expressed some interesting considerations on the GOAT issue. Djokovic has just won the Australian Open and will need a rest period to recover from his abdominal injury, while Nadal has retired from Rotterdam due to his back problem.
All that remains is to wait for Federer's return to the field, who will be at the start of the ATP 250 in Doha, ending an absence of over a year.
Bajin on the GOAT debate
Recently, German tennis coach, Sascha Bajin, voiced his opinion on this issue and stated, “It is not because you have the most Grand Slam titles that you are automatically the best tennis player.
So many other factors must be brought together and it is moreover difficult to define them. We should just appreciate the fact that the Big 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) can play for a long time to come, and especially hope that in the future they can meet on the court”.
Novak Djokovic is arguably one of the best returners in the history of tennis. He used this return to a great effect against Daniil Medvedev in the finals of the Australian Open 2021. As a result, he was able to thrash the World No.
3 player in straight sets in the finals. Stats reveal that Medvedev won just 32% points on his second serve. This was largely because Djokovic adopted a much more aggressive position in the finals. Novak Djokovic will now aim bigger and will want to play well in the other Grand Slams as well.
Fans have huge expectations from him and want him to win many more titles in this season. Will Djokovic be able to equal Roger Federer’s and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam tally in 2021?