Courier crowns Djokovic: "It's over, he's the greatest"

The former US tennis player analyzed why the Serbian is the GOAT

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Courier crowns Djokovic: "It's over, he's the greatest"
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Who is the greatest between Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal? A question that has haunted and bewitched tennis fans, media and insiders for years, and which has never had everyone completely in agreement. Because there are various ways to interpret the question. One of which obviously concerns titles, statistics and records.

This is what 4-time US tennis legend Jim Courier thinks. He gave an interview to Tennis Channel in which he spoke about the GOAT issue, crowning Novak Djokovic the greatest, analyzing the reasons that led to this choice.

"Novak Djokovic is the greatest and deserves all the recognition. Then the end-of-year number 1, who is the real champion of the season, did it eight times. Federer and Nadal five times each. Sampras, six times, so for me the numbers don't lie.

It's not just the Major titles, it's also the head-to-head record. Novak has a considerable lead over Federer but a narrow lead over Nadal, it's close. Statistically it's over. For now, unless Nadal can somehow find something and get back into the conversation with other Majors

It's weeks at No. 1, Djokovic definitely has a huge advantage there. But I've been talking about someone who isn't on this graphic screen for a while and I think it's also very important," he explained.

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Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

"The only thing that matters with experience is that when you get it, you're too old to do anything with it. It's a point where these guys are just young and they're willing to do it and stay. When you play guys who have 15 years younger than you, experience is a great thing.

Age is something you can never beat and no matter how much you try to fight it and no matter how much you try to find a way with your diet or your training or whatever, numbers matter in this. Djokovic was the same way when he was emerging, facing players he had to beat to get a reputation and all that and it's tough," he explained.