Novak Djokovic continues to move away from the list of "great titles" achieved. The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player reached the 61 important titles of the circuit conquered, distancing himself from the main bodyguards of him that are the other members of the Big-3.
"Nole" made a difference of four championships with respect to the Spanish Rafael Nadal (57) and seven with the Swiss Roger Federer (54). Of the 61 titles Djokovic has won, 20 were Grand Slam, 36 Masters 1000 and 5 ATP Finals.
The current leader of the men's circuit only has to obtain the gold medal in the Olympic Games, an opportunity that he could have in a couple of weeks if he goes to Tokyo. "I owe a tribute to Rafa and Roger, they are legends.
They are the reason I am here today. They made me see what I had to improve in all facets. In the last ten years I have lived an incredible journey and I will not stop now "said the Serbian after his triumph at Wimbledon.
Little by little a Nadal who has been a victim of injuries is being left behind. The Mallorcan distributes his awards in 20 Grand Slams, 36 Masters 1000 and an Olympic gold in Beijing 2008. In his case, the pending account is in the "Masters Tournament" that he has been denied time and time again.
On his part, Federer has 20 Grand Slams, 28 Masters 1000 and 6 ATP Finals. Roger also needs a gold in the Olympic Games in the singles modality, since in the doubles he managed to climb to the top of the podium with Stan Wawrinka.
Mats Wilander on the Big 3
Mats Wilander believes Novak Djokovic's recent dominance of the men's tour shows the Serb can stay at the top for several more years, long after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal call it a day.
In a recent column for L'Equipe, seven-time Slam champion Wilander pointed out how Djokovic's physical conditioning means he can play on the tour long after his rivals have called time on their careers. "When you look at Federer or Nadal, you say to yourself: 'Ok why not another year or two' and then after you see Novak and you think: 'Come on, 10 more years!" Wilander wrote.
According to the Swede, the World No. 1 is a "smarter" player than he was before. "He (Novak Djokovic) is smarter than before," continued Wilander. "When André Agassi started working with him in 2017, he confided in me all his surprise at seeing how little Novak leaned into the characteristics of his opponent, he placed himself in the machine world, stuck to his line, did not miss and played clean shots."