Rafael Nadal’s uncle has poured cold water on Novak Djokovic’s triumph by issuing a warning about the US Open.
Toni Nadal has poured cold water on Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon victory, which brought him level with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam victories.
Despite winning his 20th Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic isn’t performing at the same level as he was in 2011 or 2015. Toni Nadal, on the other hand, believes the Serbian is a step ahead of the next generation of players.
The true test, according to Nadal, will come when his nephew returns to action and competes against Djokovic at the US Open.
As the discussion over who is the greatest of all time continues, the Serbian is currently tied for 20 Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Despite a brief second-set comeback by Matteo Berrettini, Djokovic swatted away the Italian’s attempt to highlight his domination.
Toni Nadal, on the other hand, believes the Serbs aren’t nearly at their previous level.
“I believe Djokovic’s current level is not the same as it was in 2011 or 2015, but it has been demonstrated that the Serbian is still one step ahead of the new generation of players,” Nadal told El Pais.
“In the last three Grand Slam finals, he has defeated three of those developing tennis stars.
“Recall that he also defeated Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open.
“However, this Wimbledon victory proves something else.
“At the present, the Balkan appears to have the most momentum to declare himself the champion in the race to win the most Grand Slams.
“The US Open will be played in a month and a half, and he will have his first chance to get ahead on the leaderboard then.
“However, Rafael will battle for his, and if there is one thing I have never lost, it is my unwavering faith in him.”
If Djokovic wins the Olympics and the US Open this year, he will have completed a calendar Grand Slam.
That comes after the Serbian won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon with strong performances.
If Djokovic wins in New York later this year, he would surpass Nadal and Federer in career Grand Slam victories, confirming his status as the greatest ever.