Novak Djokovic’s father predicts son will win Olympic gold as he declares ‘he is already the best of all time’
Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, has sung his son’s praises as he insists the world No 1 is “already the best of all time” while also declaring that the 18-time Grand Slam winner never gets outplayed as he only loses “because he allowed his opponent to beat him”.
The 33-year-old Djokovic along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are considered the greatest tennis players of their generation and pundits, current players, former players and fans often struggle to separate the trio when it comes to the greatest overall player.
Djokovic leads the way in terms of number of weeks spent at the top of the ATP Rankings as he currently in his 313th week at the top while he is only two Grand Slams behind Federer and Nadal’s record of 20 majors.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 13, 2021
In an interview with Croatia’s Sportske Novosti, Srdjan has no doubt about his son’s greatness as he predicted Novak will win gold at the Tokyo Olympics and draw level with Federer and Nadal on 20 Grand Slams.
When asked if Djokovic can become the greatest tennis player in history, he replied: “I think you have the wrong question, he has no tendency, he is already the best of all time.
“According to the number of weeks spent at No 1, and in head-to-head matches, according to the number of Masters titles, the only thing he lacks is Olympic gold and those two Grand Slam titles that he will win this year.
“He is the best and everything in the world of tennis depends on him. He can lose, but not because his opponent outplayed him, but because he allowed his opponent to beat him.”
Srdjan also stated that since his son is already the best in tennis, he should now be considered in the same league as golf great Tiger Woods and basketball legend Michael Jordan.
“He is still the best tennis player in the world and one of the best athletes of all time,” he said.
“Well, an English journalist said last week, even though they are his fierce opponents, that his rivals are no longer Federer and Nadal, but compare him instead to Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. He’s that category.”
Andy Murray admits he has been telling himself each match could be his last
After completing a routine 6-3 6-2 victory – his first singles win on home soil in 1084 days – Murray became tearful in his courtside interview.
‘Each match could be my last’ – Andy Murray holds back the tears after comeback win
Andy Murray did his best to contain the well of tears after his win.
Andy Murray overcome by emotion as he makes winning return to Queen’s Club
Murray was playing first singles match on grass since 2018.
Dan Evans eyes ‘a few more wins’ at Queen’s Club after ending his long wait for a win
It was the British No 1’s first win at the venue since 2014.
Gary Neville unimpressed by double standards that will allow bigger Wimbledon crowds
Decision to allow increased capacity at Wimbledon sparked claims of double standards.
‘Fresh, clever, calm’ Novak Djokovic favourite to win Wimbledon and US Open, according to Mats Wilander
Novak Djokovic “looks scary good and motivated”, says Mats Wilander.
‘My Wimbledon goals are high, they have to be high, or I wouldn’t be playing,’ says Roger Federer
“The season starts around now,” says Roger Federer.
Exclusive – Ex-British No 1 admits Andy Murray is not in control of his own destiny this summer
Andy Murray will return to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs.
Wimbledon finals to be played in front of capacity stadium after change in guidelines
Wimbledon officials are preparing to welcome bigger than expected crowds.
Heather Watson battles past Viktorija Golubic at Birmingham’s Viking Classic
Heather Watson set up a clash against Shuai Zhang.