Novak Djokovic’s coach ends GOAT debate with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – ‘It’s over’

Tennis: Djokovic thanks fans after breaking record

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Novak Djokovic is the greatest tennis player of all time and has been for a long time according to his coach. The Serb drew level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time list of the most Grand Slam titles after winning a sixth Wimbledon on Sunday.

Ivanisevic has been in the Serb’s coaching box since Wimbledon 2019 and has played a key role in Djokovic’s success.

The Croat won Wimbledon as a player and has helped to guide his charge to a 20th Grand Slam title.

And the charismatic Ivanisevic believes that his player is the GOAT and has been for a long time.

“For me was over a long time ago. It’s just who you like more,” he said.

“Between these three guys, 60 Grand Slams. It’s unreal. Maybe you like Nadal, Federer more, maybe somebody else.

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“For me, not because I’m here, before I was member of the team, for me he was the best.

“I say he’s the only guy who can win four in a row in the same year. I don’t know. If he wins US Open, I think it’s over.

“But Nadal is going to fight. Nadal is going to come to French next year. He wants to win more.

“But for me Novak is the biggest ever, he’s gonna best, he’s biggest. I don’t even have to debate about that.”


Ivanisevic was less certain on how many Grand Slams Djokovic could finish with, but he strongly believes the Serbian tennis star will secure the calendar-year Grand Slam.

“He is better and better. He’s every day better competing. He’s unbelievable competitor, unbelievable,” he added.

“Something new every day. Even when he’s not playing the best tennis, he’s winning. So imagine when he’s playing the best tennis, is impossible to beat him.

“Everything is possible. I’m not going to say it’s 30 because it’s long way. But five, six, seven years ago we were talking about Federer, only about Federer. Now you have Nadal and him competing who is going to be the best ever.

“For me Novak is the best ever. He’s writing history. He’s going to do it in US Open. I strongly believe he’s going to do it, he’s going to win all four in one year.

“Then I think story’s over.”

Djokovic’s next stop towards a historic ‘golden slam’ is at the Olympic Games which starts on July 23.

The Serb could then secure the unprecedented feat at the US Open in August.

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