For years media, insiders, players and fans have been wondering who the greatest tennis player of all time is between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The former player Nikola Pilic gave a long interview to Novosti.rs, talking about his former player Djokovic. The former Yugoslav tennis player has always supported the Serbian champion, openly declaring how Nole is the best tennis player in history.
According to him, talent is an essential requirement to have a great career in this sport and many don't realize it. "Take Nadal and Djokovic for example. It's like testing fifteen of the best nuclear physicists in the world. Everyone has a high IQ. The talent has 16 components. Of these 16, Nadal and Novak have a ten in 14. In the fifteenth and sixteenth, maybe nine. Nadal's 14 Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros and Novak's 410 weeks at No. 1 are two all-time records. This is what a man who has 60 years of experience in top-level tennis tells you," he explained.
Pilic Praies Djokovic and rips his haters
Nikola then pointed out the six reasons that make Djokovic the GOAT. "I'm not interested in anything but the numbers. I'll just list six things. In 2016 Novak scored almost 17,000 ATP points more than Federer, Nadal and Murray combined. Number two: he's had positive results with all of them. Number three: he is the only one to have won all four Grand Slams in a row.
Four: he is the athlete who has won the most consecutive Slam matches, 30. Five: he is the athlete who has won the most Grand Slams, 24. Six: on January 30th he will be at number 1 for 410 weeks. How old is that? And in this generation, which is the best in the last hundred years. And now someone will tell me that I'm subjective? I'm objective with numbers," he explained.
In the meantime, the schedule for Sunday 14 January 2024 for the Australian Open has been released, which will be opened on the Rod Laver Arena by Jannik Sinner. The Italian player will be on the pitch at 12pm Melbourne time to face the Dutch player Botic Van De Zandschulp. Following, on the Rod Laver Arena there will be the women's singles match between the Greek player Maria Sakkari and the Japanese Nao Hibino.
In the evening session starting at 7pm in Melbourne, Novak Djokovic is on central court, playing his first round against the Croatian player from the qualifiers Dino Prizmic. The Rod Laver Arena session will be closed by the match of the women's singles number 2 seed and reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka who will play against German qualifier Ella Seidel.