If John McEnroe’s prediction is appropriate, there’ll seemingly be a transparent winner in tennis’ GOAT debate.
After Novak Djokovic defeated seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 within the Wimbledon ultimate Sunday, the U.S. tennis nice and seven-time Grand Slam champion mentioned he believes the world No. 1 has a couple of extra majors left to win because the 34-year-old veteran was “taking part in higher than he’s ever performed.”
“I feel he’ll in all probability win at the least 4 or 5 extra … relying on staying wholesome,” McEnroe advised the BBC.
Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s report of 20 main titles along with his victory at Wimbledon. The Serbian additionally received the Australian Open and the French Open this 12 months as he continues his chase to turn into the primary participant with a calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969. He’s nonetheless deciding whether or not he’ll try the Golden Grand Slam and compete on the Tokyo Olympics later this month.
McEnroe emphasised that Djokovic has been identified to play his greatest whereas underneath stress, so the excessive stakes of majors and looking for the ultimate event of his Grand Slam will permit him to really shine.
“He’s put himself thus far out in entrance of everybody when it comes to his skill to embrace what he’s doing — when it comes to creating historical past — and having the ability to execute underneath a number of stress.
“You’re making an attempt to interrupt the all-time data — there’s a number of stress. He’s in a position to play his greatest tennis at this level. You anticipate that to go on for an additional couple of years, until somebody steps up and realizes how nice they’re.”
On Sunday, the tennis star’s coach and former Wimbledon victor Goran Ivanisevic mentioned that the GOAT debate had been over for years, however will turn into undisputed if he clinches the U.S. Open crown.
“He’s the one man who can win 4 in a row in the identical 12 months,” Ivanisevic mentioned. “If he wins the U.S. Open, it [the GOAT debate] is over.”