The GOAT topic keeps gaining momentum on a daily basis in the tennis world. Along with the fans, experts and former players too find it exciting to engage in the greatest of all time debate. Although World No.1 Novak Djokovic is miles ahead in terms of stats and records, many believe the GOAT debate can only be settled with the big-three- Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal finish their respective careers.
However, after winning the 2021 French Open last month, Djokovic shattered many records and is also billed as the strong favourite to win the ongoing Wimbledon Championships. If he goes onto win Wimbledon and equal his rivals for the most number of Grand Slams (20), then he will be the frontrunner for the GOAT title.
Meanwhile, Marton Fucsovics who has quietly made his way into the quarterfinals of Wimbledon after beating Andrey Rublev on Monday believes that the GOAT title has to be bestowed on the big-three rather than any one individual.
“I think the big three, I’m talking about Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, I think they are the greatest of all time, all of them, all three of them. For me there is no difference between them,” the Polish player said.
Both Djokovic and Federer through to Wimbledon quarterfinals
Interestingly, Fucsovics will now play the defending champion Djokovic in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The two have met twice on the ATP tour, with the Serb leading their head-to-head 2-0.
The top-ranked player Djokovic has only lost one Grand Slam final (to Nadal at Roland Garros 2020) after getting disqualified at the 2020 US Open for inadvertently smacking a ball to a lineswoman’s throat. He even beat Federer in the epic Wimbledon 2019 finals despite being two match points down.