Novak Djokovic believes he will be crowned GOAT after winning Wimbledon in 2021.
After winning his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon on Sunday, Novak Djokovic created more history.
After matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam record at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic boldly declared himself “the best.” Djokovic was well aware of the stakes heading into Sunday’s Wimbledon men’s final against Matteo Berrettini.
Throughout the Wimbledon Championships, the world No. 1 was a heavy favorite.
However, there was added pressure from the fact that winning Wimbledon would bring him equal with Nadal and Federer in terms of Grand Slam titles won.
Djokovic appeared to be affected by this in the opening set, as Berrettini rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take the lead.
However, in the second set, the 34-year-old regained his calm, and the outcome seemed obvious from there.
Berrettini pushed Djokovic to new heights, but the Serbian tennis legend had all of the answers.
Djokovic was declared Wimbledon champion for the sixth time after a sliced backhand into the net by Berrettini.
He’s now a strong contender to win the most Grand Slams of all time, potentially breaking Margaret Court’s record of 24.
Djokovic has no doubts about his own abilities to continue making history.
“I think of myself as the greatest and believe that I am the best; otherwise, I wouldn’t be talking about winning slams and making history,” he remarked.
“However, I leave the dispute over whether or not I am the greatest of all time to others.
“As I previously stated, comparing tennis eras is really tough.
“We have a variety of racquets, technologies, balls, and courts to choose from.
“We’re playing in very different settings now than we were 50 years ago, so it’s difficult to compare tennis today to tennis 50 years ago.
“However, I am incredibly honored to be a part of the discussion.”
Djokovic could compete in the Golden Slam, but he isn’t sure if he would compete in the Olympics.
He said, “I’ll have to think about it.” “As I previously stated, my plan has always been to attend the Olympic Games. But, for the time being, I’m torn. Because of what I’ve heard in the previous few days, it’s kind of 50/50.”