The Big 3 of men's tennis have been the main topic of discussion for the past decade and a half. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal currently share the all-time Grand Slam record at 20, but Novak Djokovic presses them to 19 after beating the competition in the first half of 2021.
The world number 1 will have the gluttonous chance to hook his own. eternal rivals already on Sunday, when the Wimbledon final will be staged. The five-time champion of the London tournament will face Matteo Berrettini, author of a fantastic ride that has silenced even the most skeptical.
With Roger on the boulevard of sunset and Rafa pitted by some ailment, it really looks like the 34-year-old from Belgrade could break the Major's record and further strengthen his candidacy for the GOAT title. In an interview published on the Wimbledon website, James Blake - former player and current director of the Miami Open - believes that the fierce mentality is one of the keys to Djokovic's sustained success.
James Blake on the GOAT debate
Reflecting on the same, James Blake said, “It’s truly impressive. Novak Djokovic’s been on tour for a long time. He’s 34-years-old, and he’s been out here since he was 17-years-old, you’d think someone will get tired… He even said at the end of the French Open that he was mentally exhausted… It’s pretty easy for people to stay mentally exhausted.
But he then turns around… and says you know what? Wimbledon is coming up, and I got to be ready for that. And he’s able to recharge. Both mentally and physically, he’s able to recharge better than just about anyone in the world”.
Novak’s quest for a title is like an unquenched thirst. His performances are proof that he wants to get his hands on any and every trophy, time and again. “I think he wants to be the first name in every record book, in every line he wants to be first in all those.
I do think he is naturally driven. I think if he was at 19 slams and the record was as it was before this generation, 14, he would still be pushing to get to 20, to 21,” James said. He said, “You know, the whole ‘G.O.A.T’ debate is always going on, I always say it is still an ongoing story.
It’s not done, it’s not written in stone yet… The stats aren’t going to lie. These guys (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) prioritize the grand slams so much and we’ll see if that’s the main indicator of who people think is the goat but there’s a good chance he’s going to run away with it”.