Mats Wilander said Novak Djokovic is the best of all time

The former tennis star told Eurosport what a player needs to aspire to the GOAT title

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Mats Wilander said Novak Djokovic is the best of all time

The fight to become the GOAT of tennis has taken a new turn. In a battle that lasts just under twenty years, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have chased each other with titles and ranking peaks, setting the number of Grand Slam titles as the highest point.

The Belgrade tennis player overcame his rivals in Paris: the first overtaking since he entered the circuit, with 23 Grand Slam titles conquered. Now that the number is fixed, Serbian is referred to by many as the Goat. Others, however, prefer to use another terminology.

Mats Wilander told Eurosport what a player needs to aspire to the GOAT title: "He has more ATP 1000 titles than anyone els.The amazing thing is that he's doing it so well. He has won the most Grand Slams and won the most ATP titles in recent years.

So he's been the most consistent player over the past 15 years." On the GOAT question, on the other hand, he specifies why it is not appropriate for Djokovic. “I hate the expression GOAT. I think in this case we cannot separate the Big Three, by this definition.

But the best of all time? We have him in front of us and it's Novak Djokovic."

Djokovic's opinion about the GOAT issue

Novak Djokovic himself also expressed himself on the GOAT issue: he spoke about it at a press conference, immediately after winning title number 3 at the Roland Garros and title number 23 at the Grand Slam.

"Me the GOAT? I don't want to say I am because he's disrespectful to all grown-ups. So I feel like every great champion of his own generation who left a huge mark, a legacy, and paved the way for us in this world. So I leave those kind of discussions about who is the GOAT." The world number one and number one of the Race clarified to the press after the victory against Casper Ruud on Philippe Chatrier. Now Nole will focus on Wimbledon, where he will try to match Roger Federer's record.

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