Like all sports, the biggest debate in modern tennis has been to determine who among the big four: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray is the greatest ever. Unfortunately because of injuries, Murray has been often left far behind in the race. However, tennis fans often find themselves arguing between the remaining three regarding who is the best.
Former Croatian tennis player Nikola Pilic has picked the player he considers the greatest and has chosen the Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic. The 35-year-old has been absolutely mercurial in world tennis as he has dominated his peers over the past decade. The Djoker won his second Grand Slam title at the 2011 Australian Open when Federer had 16 and over the next 11 years had taken his tally to 21 in comparison to Federer’s 20.
Similarly, Nikola Pilic has made a case for Novak by talking about how despite several outside problems, the Serb has dominated and won Wimbledon. “A very important tournament for Novak, more important than any before. He had a lot of problems this season. He found out that he can’t play at the US Open now that he doesn’t have the coronavirus, and last year when it was relevant, he could play. Nadal didn’t play well the whole tournament. He struggled with form, I don’t think he could beat Djokovic in the final. I’m pretty sure of that,” Pilic said.
“Novak is better than Nadal and Federer by all parameters. He was the number one player in the world for 374 weeks, which is impressive. Also, no one except him has won all the Grand Slam titles twice, and Novak has a positive head-to-head with almost all players. But of course, hats off to Nadal too. For hundreds of years, no one will win 14 titles at Roland Garros like him,” Nikola Pilic added.
Djokovic recently defeated first-time Grand Slam finalist Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) to become a seven-time Wimbledon champion. The Djoker has won the last four grass-court Majors while extending his winning run in the tournament to 28 matches. Currently, Rafael Nadal with 22 major trophies had more Grand Slam titles on the men’s circuit than Djokovic.