January 29, 2023

Novak Djokovic: ‘I believe I am the best’ says Wimbledon 2021 Champion Novak Djokovic | Tennis news

London: Novak Djokovic On Sunday he considered himself the “best player” after winning his 20th Grand Slam title, but refused to anoint himself as “the greatest player of all time”.
The 34-year-old went with 20 majors Roger Federer And the sixth honor of Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in sets against Italy Matteo Beretini.
If he wins the fourth U.S. Open in September, he will be the first man and third person in history to complete the Grand Slam calendar since Rod Laver in 1969.

“I consider myself the best, I believe I am the best, otherwise I will not talk confidently about winning slams and making history,” Djokovic said.
“But whether or not I’m the greatest of all time, I leave that discussion to others.
“As I said before, it is very difficult to compare its periods Tennis. We have different rockets, technology, balls, courts. These are completely different conditions in which we play, so it is very difficult to compare from 50 years ago to today.
“However, I’m really proud to be a part of the conversation.”

Despite his warning, Djokovic knows he has time and speed on his side.
At 34, he is one year younger than Natalie, the 40-year-old at four weeks with the best part of six years at Federer.
Nadal missed Wimbledon after losing to Djokovic in the semifinals of the French Open last month.
Federer is out of the quarterfinals at the All England Club.
Djokovic has won eight of his 20 slams since he turned 30.
He has won seven of the last eight Grand Slam finals he has competed in, his only defeat at the time, coming against Natale at the French Open last year.

Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon

Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon

Koran Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champion and now part of Djokovic’s coaching staff, insists there is “no debate” over who is the greatest.
“Novak is the best for me, he’s writing history, he’s going to do it at the US Open. I’m sure he’s going to do it, he’s going to beat all four in one year. Then I think the story is over,” Ivanisevic said on Sunday.
“For me it was a long time ago. Between these three, 60 Grand Slams. It’s unreal. For me, not because I’ve been here, but before I was a member of the team, he was the best for me.
“If he wins the US Open, I think it’s over. He still wants to win. But for me, Novak is huge. I don’t even have to discuss it.”

There was a time when a total of 14 majors of Pete Sampras were believed to never be better.
But Federer went on to win 15 slams at the 2009 Wimbledon final, reaching 20 at the 2018 Australian Open.
Djokovic was in 12 slams at that point. Since then, he has surpassed Federer as world number one for a total of weeks.
“I started thinking about trying to achieve the record of winning a Grand Slam, most weeks were historically number one, probably about two or three years ago,” Djokovic said.
“Before that it seemed like it hadn’t reached a little bit. I always believed that I could play my best tennis at the Grand Slams and that any slam I really won on any surface could give me a good chance because I knew what I was capable of.
“But in the last two and a half, three years alone I have begun to realize that I can reach more weeks of No. 1, which has been my primary goal for the last two years, and the Grand Slams.”