The GOAT debate, involving Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, will probably never end. There are those who side with one of the Big Three based on personal taste and those who, in a more rational way, stick to the number of Grand Slams won.
This is the case of the well-known English newspaper The Guardian, which through an article by Ben Bramble, professor of philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, argues that if there is a meaningful sense in which we can ask who is the greatest of all time, the answer cannot be given simply by adding the slams.
Bramble also identifies in Djokovic a particular physical advantage over the others thanks to which he can achieve the results he achieves: "Djokovic is not 3 meters tall, but he is extremely fast and flexible. He is, as they say, the man of rubber.
This is an immense physical advantage. It allows him to stretch points and put his opponents in difficulty." This analysis aroused the hilarity of the Australian player John Millman, who commented sarcastically on the article in question.
John Millman ridicules The Guardian article against Novak Djokovic
Professor Bramble's article on the GOAT and specifically on Novak Djokovic's achievements did not receive particular approval from John Millman. The 34-year-old from Brisbane, through his Twitter account, did not in fact miss the opportunity to sarcastically comment on the analysis conducted by Bramble for the Guardian, defining it nothing short of laughable: "RF, RN, ND have brought the game to another level.
But dismissing an achievement based on someone having the physical advantage of being a rubber man enters the abyss of ridiculousness." Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic will aim to further increase his Grand Slam tally and he will do so by aiming for the big target at Wimbledon where, according to what was declared by former blue champion Corrado Barazzutti in Oasport, the Serbian doesn't have many rivals who can worry him: "On grass Nole doesn't have great opponents, even if the pitch will always do the talking.
On concrete, however, there are two more formidable opponents, Alcaraz and Medvedev. They can cause him problems. But they will need to be physically prepared in view of the New York appointment, which is certainly the most complicated Grand Slam for Djokovic."
What a load of tosh.
I’m not getting into a GOAT debate. RF, RN, ND have all taken the game to another level. But to dismiss an achievement based on someone having a physical advantage of being a “rubber man” enters into the abyss of ridiculousness.