‘It’s over,’ says Novak Djokovic’s coach, referring to the GOAT dispute between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
According to Goran Ivanisevic, Novak Djokovic put an end to the GOAT discussion a long time ago.
Novak Djokovic, according to his coach, is the best tennis player of all time and has been for a long time. After winning a sixth Wimbledon on Sunday, the Serb drew level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam victories in history.
Since Wimbledon 2019, Ivanisevic has been in Djokovic’s coaching box and has played a major part in his performance.
As a player, the Croat won Wimbledon, and now he’s guiding his team to a 20th Grand Slam triumph.
And Ivanisevic, who is known for his charisma, believes that his player is the GOAT and has been for a long time.
“It was a long time ago for me. It’s only a matter of who you prefer,” he explained.
“There are 60 Grand Slams between these three guys. It’s unbelievable. Maybe you prefer Nadal, Federer, or someone else.
“For me, he was the best, not because I was a member of the team, but because he was the best before I was a part of the team.
“I believe he is the only person who has ever won four races in a row in the same year. I’m not sure. I believe it will be over if he wins the US Open.
“However, Nadal is going to put up a fight. Next year, Rafael Nadal will visit France. He aspires to achieve greater success.
“However, for me, Novak is the largest ever, he’ll be the best, he’ll be the biggest. I don’t even need to argue about it.”
Ivanisevic is unsure how many Grand Slams Djokovic will win in his career, but he is confident that the Serbian tennis star will win the calendar-year Grand Slam.
“He’s getting better all the time. He’s becoming better at competing every day. He’s a tremendous competitor,” he continued.
“Every day brings something fresh. He wins even when he isn’t playing his best tennis. So imagine it’s impossible to beat him while he’s playing his best tennis.
“Anything is possible,” says the narrator. Because it’s a long way, I’m not going to say it’s 30. But five, six, and seven years ago, we were only talking about Federer. Now you have Nadal and him competing to see who will be the greatest tennis player of all time.
“For me, Novak is the best player I’ve ever seen. He’s a historian in the making. He’ll do it at the US Open. I am confident that he will achieve his goal of winning all four in a single year.
“Then I believe the story is over.”
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