Goran Ivanisevic: Rafa and Novak will both win over 20 slams each


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Goran Ivanisevic: Rafa and Novak will both win over 20 slams each

Former Wimbledon Champion Goran Ivanisevic has been by Novak Djokovic’s side for some time now and he spoke about the Big 3 debate. “For me, let’s put it this way, if they are all playing their best in 10 matches, I would say at least eight matches Novak wins.

He’s the most complete player of the three,” he said. What he thinks about the Grand Slam race, he said, “Rafa will definitely win a few more French Opens and will go over 20 for sure. Novak will go over 20.

Roger, you can’t under-estimate. He’ll still be thinking about Wimbledon, when people were already saying he had 21. That hurts, but Roger will hope for one more for sure”. Going down the memory lane and speaking about his achievements, he added, “I achieved only around 80 per cent of my potential.

If I could go back I would change a lot about my approach. There were so many things I didn’t achieve”. He further spoke about the topic, “I could win many more Wimbledons and other grand slams. ‘92 Wimbledon for example, ‘98 I should have won.

And who knows if you win a grand slam early, you might win more. I was very strange, I played my best tennis always in the semi-finals. I had this theory that it’s not good to lose in the semi-finals, but it’s ok to lose in the finals, which was very wrong”.

He ended by saying, “I lost a lot of big matches, especially finals and always against [Pete] Sampras. Always the same way - stupidity. I should get an award for idiot of the century from lots of my matches. But I can’t go back”.