Novak Djokovic is favored to win 26 Grand Slams, defeating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and putting an end to the GOAT controversy.
By defeating Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s Wimbledon final, the world number one can catch up to his opponents.
Novak Djokovic will surpass Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s achievements in the next few years to become the greatest tennis player of all time. John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, two men’s tennis luminaries, have supported the world number one to dominate Grand Slam events in the next years.
On Sunday, Djokovic will meet Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final with a chance to equal Nadal and Federer with 20 Major titles.
Federer, who has won eight Grand Slam titles at the All England Club, was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Herbert Hurkacz, while Nadal chose not to compete after a long clay season.
After his loss at Wimbledon, Swiss maestro Federer confessed that he was evaluating his future, while Nadal has had more injury problems since turning 35.
This year, Djokovic has already won the Australian Open and the French Open, and he has only dropped one set in six matches at Wimbledon.
The Serbian, now 34 and in some of his finest form of his career, appears to be on his way to eclipsing the competition in terms of Grand Slam victories.
McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, claimed on BBC Radio 5 Live’s 6-Love-6 podcast, “I’m going to declare Roger Federer will never win another one.”
“My prediction is that Rafael Nadal will win one more match and Novak Djokovic will win four of the next five matches.
“Obviously, health and fitness play a role, but that is my prediction.”
Djokovic has always prioritized nutrition and fitness, and Wilander believes that this will help him extend his purple streak.
“I believe Novak will win the Golden Slam this year [all four majors plus the Olympics], and he will reach the age of 21,” the seven-time Grand Slam champion from Sweden said.
“I believe he will win three more next year and two or three more the following year, bringing his total to 25 or 26.
“Novak doesn’t appear to be 34; he appears to be in his mid-20s and is flying around the court. On Federer and Nadal, I agree with John.
“However, you never know what might happen with Novak.”
Djokovic had to work hard despite winning in straight sets, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”