D.he tennis world number one Novak Djokovic sees himself as the best player. The 34-year-old Serb emphasized this after his sixth Wimbledon victory. “I think I’m the best, otherwise I wouldn’t talk about winning Grand Slams and making history with so much confidence,” said Djokovic in London when asked if he was the greatest male player in the era Consider professional tennis. On Sunday he had won the final 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 3 against the Italian Matteo Berrettini.
“But whether I’m the greatest of all time – I’ll leave this debate to other people,” added Djokovic, pointing out that it was very difficult to compare the different epochs in tennis. “We have different clubs, technologies, balls, courts. We play under completely different conditions. So it is very difficult to compare it to tennis – let’s say 50 years ago, “declared the number one in the world. But he feels extremely honored to be part of this discussion.
With his 20th Grand Slam title, Djokovic caught up with the record holders Roger Federer from Switzerland and Rafael Nadal from Spain. Should he still win the US Open after the Australian and French Open and Wimbledon in September, he would have been the first professional since Rod Laver in 1969 to triumph in the four most important tournaments in one season and to have managed the so-called Grand Slam. With Olympic gold and a win at the US Open, he could make the so-called Golden Slam perfect. So far only Steffi Graf has succeeded in this in 1988.
Djokovic still left open whether he will compete in the summer games in Tokyo despite the strict requirements for the athletes and the exclusion of spectators. But if he should serve in Japan, his coach Goran Ivanisevic is convinced that Djokovic can make the Golden Slam. “I’ve said it so many times, even before I was on his team: If anyone can win the Golden Slam, it’ll be him,” said the Croat, who himself triumphed at Wimbledon 20 years ago.
The Australian Margaret Court won the most Grand Slam tournament titles at 24, followed by the still active American Serena Williams at 23 and Steffi Graf at 22. Only in fourth place were Djokovic, Federer and Nadal each with 20.