Novak Djokovic imposed himself on Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final which took place last Sunday. The number 1 in the world thus won his sixth title in the Championships, the third consecutive after the successes in 2018 and 2019 (canceling two match points in the final).
Thanks to the third Major won in 2021 alone, the Serbian champion has hooked the eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking, reaching 20 Slams. It is incredible to think that - on the eve of Wimbledon 2018 - there were eight Majors who separated Nole from King Roger.
We must not forget the famous ball that prevented him from chasing his fourth seal at the US Open last year. In this context, former ATP number 4 Jose Luis Clerc expressed his opinion on the GOAT debate. The 34-year-old from Belgrade seems the most likely to raise other important trophies, especially given the current difficulties of Roger and Rafa.
The almost 40-year-old Swiss seems to be on the avenue of sunset, while the Spaniard needs frequent stops to extend his career.
Clerc talks about the Big 3
"The best is going to be the one with the most Grand Slam tournaments won," Jose Luis Clerc was quoted as telling ESPN by Punto de Break.
"At Wimbledon, we were all waiting for Novak Djokovic to be consecrated so that the Big 3 are on par with 20 titles. I don't think Roger Federer will get another Slam, possibly Rafael Nadal yes, but the one with the best chances (of winning) three or four more is Djokovic," he added.
The Argentine cited the example of Bjorn Borg and how he won five consecutive Wimbledon titles between 1976 and 1980 during a time when the grass played differently. "These are times that cannot be compared because before, everything was very different," Clerc said.
"When [Björn] Borg won Wimbledon five times, the grass was very fast. So, you had to go up to the net a lot." Clerc believes Djokovic's next two goals will be to equal Federer's total of eight Wimbledon titles and to complete the Golden Slam.
"Djokovic sets himself records and is going to seek [equal] to Roger Federer in the titles at Wimbledon. The next proposal is going to be that and also possibly win the Golden Slam," Clerc asserted. For the past 16 years, three names have dominated world tennis.
Famously known as The ‘Big 3’, they continue to be at the heart of every conversation. As 1/3 of the ‘Big 3’, Novak Djokovic won his 6th Wimbledon title on Sunday, and he has brought the greats once again into the limelight.