What makes Djokovic one of the best tennis players of all time?

A smiling Novak Djokovic

After Roger Federer took the tennis competition level to newer heights and Rafael Nadal was able to dominate the game in a way no one could have previously comprehended, now it is time for Novak Djokovic to reach the level of the greatest ever male tennis player.

Novak Djokovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1987. He has been playing tennis since the age of four, and when he turned 12, his Yugoslav coach took him to Germany to train in one of the best tennis academies there, starting his international careers two years later. At the age of 15, he was already reaching the finals of the Junior Davis Cup, French and US Open events. Being a fan of languages and from a multicultural background, Djokovic is able to speak five languages, including Serbian, English, French, German and Italian. 

Recently, the Serbian player won the Australian Open final against Daniil Medvedev with an impressive score of 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, which took him to 18 Grand Slam victories, just two shy of the legends Nadal and Federer. At the age of 33, he is not showing any signs whatsoever of letting this level of play go.

Certainly, Djokovic has a lot to thank the other two legends for their brilliant performance in the past decade, which inspired him to learn to play competitively on a new standard that nobody has ever seen before. Djoko won his second major in 2011, while Federer already had 16 titles and Nadal had 9, far ahead of him.

However, this past decade showed how brilliant the Serb can be. By the time Federer started showing signs of retirement and Nadal was not able to keep up with the majors, Djokovic has been the top 1 player in the world for the past six years, uninterruptedly. Despite a few setbacks in 2020 in the US Open, Djokovic is about to reach Federer and Nadal in total titles, being the favourite to win all major championships in 2021.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

Federer is about to turn 40 and his retirement is almost certain this year. Rafael Nadal was only able to win three Roland Garros majors in the last decade.

Other than Djokovic, no other player seems to be standing out to compete against him at the same consistency and quality of play. Therefore, it seems like it will be a clear road for him to cross into history as one of the best players of all time, even in the chaotic pandemic scenario that we are currently facing.

It seems that there is almost no tournament that aren’t successful for Djokovic. Currently, he is destined to become the greatest contemporary male tennis player in the world. After winning the next Grand Slam, then he will be proving everyone to be the best of all time.