German tennis star Alexander Zverev has backed current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the GOAT debate. Zverev believes that one simply cannot argue against statistics. The Serbian tennis superstar is currently is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slams.
Djokovic currently holds an array of records along with 20 Grand Slams in his career. The Serb recently broke the record as most weeks as ranked No.1 is the most impressive of all records at the moment. Djokovic has won the most number of ATP 1000 Masters titles (37). He also holds a superior record against both Nadal (30-28) and Federer (27-23).
Djokovic recently broke Pete Sampras’ record of entering the seventh year with the No. 1 rank. In an interview with Tennis, Magazine Zverev mentioned Federer and Nadal’s popularity and then weighed in Djokovic’s record to conclude the GOAT debate.
“I know a lot of tennis fans are more for Roger or Rafa, but you can’t argue against the statistics, ” said Zverev. “Novak has won the most Grand Slams with Roger and Rafa. He’s been number one in the world for most weeks and has finished number one most years. Novak has won most of the MMasters’titles and a lot more.”
“You can’t always go against the numbers and say that Roger or Rafa are better because we’ve all been fans of them from an early age,” Zverev continued. “Sometimes you have to look at things realistically and Novak’s records are simply a fact.”
Djokovic has recorded a great year of tennis this year posting a fantastic 55-7 (88.7%) record. The 31-year-old won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon and narrowly missed out on US Open and the Tokyo Olympics gold medal.
This was Djokovic’s third year where he won three titles after the 2011 and 2015 campaigns. The Serb also won the Paris Masters and Belgrade Open.
However, he will be looking to go one step ahead of Nadal and Federer. He will look to win the Australian Open next year to go one step further in terms of Grand Slams. However, there are some issues that he needs to sort out before heading to Melbourne next summer.