Case Closed – Novak Djokovic is the Best Ever

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Case Closed – Novak Djokovic is the Best Ever

The argument for who is the best ever is nearly over. Djokovic has now tied Nadal and Federer with 20 Grand Slams and will be the clear favorite to win every Grand Slam he enters for the next two years.

He now has the potential to win the next nine Grand Slams. With his current form, and the form of Nadal and Federer dipping, he can easily win five more Grand Slams, surpassing both Serena Williams and Margaret Court on the women’s side. That will surely make him the best ever, without any question.

Most importantly, he has a shot at winning the calendar year Golden Slam, which consists of all Grand Slams, plus a Gold Medal. Nobody has done that on the men’s side in a calendar year. It wasn’t long ago that people coined Roger Federer the best ever. With his Australian 2018 win, he reached 20 Grand Slams. It seemed like neither Nadal nor Djokovic would be able to catch him. Especially because we’re talking about tennis players in their 30s. Historically, your 30s are a time for a decline. Not for these guys though. Both Nadal and Djokovic have managed to catch Federer by winning every Grand Slam contested since the 2018 Australian Open, apart from the 2020 US Open. As we know, Djokovic was defaulted, and Dominic Thiem ended up winning that tournament.

More impressive is the fact that since that 2018 Australian Open win, Djokovic has managed to win eight Grand Slam titles. These eight Grand Slam titles have happened after reaching the age of 30. As he heads to the Olympics and then the 2021 US Open, history will certainly be on his mind. However, whether he wins the Golden Slam or not, Djokovic seems to be on track to win a few more Grand Slam titles.

Finally, let’s not forget that Djokovic leads both Nadal and Federer in head-to-head matches. His overall record against Federer is 27-23 while his overall record against Nadal is 30-28. Given his form, it is very likely he’ll be able to pad both those rivalries with wins. It will be interesting to see where we ended up two years from now. My bet is that Djokovic will be sitting at 23 or 24 Grand Slam titles.

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