Rennae Stubbs, a former Australian tennis player, claimed Novak Djokovic’s victory over Rafael Nadal at the French Open was a turning point in the discussion over who is the greatest of all time. In the semifinal of this year’s French Open, Djokovic, 34, stunned Nadal.
“In my perspective, Rafael Nadal losing to Novak Djokovic at the French Open was a real changing of the guard in terms of truly who the GOAT would end up being,” Stubbs stated on the Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast, as quoted by Sportskeeda.
“It was pretty crazy that Rafa lost.” Djokovic overcame Nadal 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2 after coming back from a set down. “That match’s third set is the greatest set I’ve ever seen in my life. It may not have been the finest match ever, but it is without a doubt the greatest set of all time “According to Stubbs.
“Perhaps the greatest match of all time would have been if we had best-of-three matches.”
Djokovic won three Majors this year, tying him with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most Grand Slams (20).
Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, believes Djokovic’s sole goal is to smash the all-time Grand Slam record. “Novak’s ultimate goal, I believe, is to break the record of 20 Grand Slams. I believe that is his only preoccupation, because when he walked away from the setback against Sascha, I didn’t see him angry, and he wasn’t completely broken down “On Tennis Majors, Bartoli stated.
Djokovic clinched a record eighth year-end No. 1 ranking this year. “The most important thing for him now is to beat Pete Sampras’ record or complete the year as World No. 1, and then it’s just a matter of getting to 21 and 22 or more so that Federer and Nadal don’t catch up to him. That, I believe, will be his primary concentration for the coming year “Bartoli continued.