Novak Djokovic going past Rafael Nadal to win 23 Grand Slam titles is the only thing that matters, claims Paul McNamee defending the Serb’s Wimbledon finals loss
McNamee feels Djokovic has proven himself enough.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal (Image via NBC News/Eurosport)
Roger Federer was the one ruling the Big 3 race for a long time, as he had always kept himself at a distance from the others when it came to Grand Slam and title wins. However, with time, the other two (Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) caught up. There was a period when all three had 20 Grand Slam titles each. Nadal from there took the lead and reached 22 last year. Many felt that is enough to be named the greatest.
Federer retired and one competition was over. However, Djokovic was there, and he fought hard and won three more and made it 23 at this year’s French Open. With Nadal’s claim of next year as his last, it is unlikely that he will cross Djokovic. However, the Serb’s recent loss to Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon once again gave a spark to the argument of the greatest ever.
However, on this issue, Paul McNamee, Australian former doubles World No. 1, had his own outlook, which he shared on Twitter. “Here @hopmancup & always great seeing Alcaraz, who will become a maestro. I get asked about the consequences of Djokovic losing at Wimbledon I say this… I thought Wimbledon, not Roland Garros, would bring #23. It matters not…the only thing that mattered was that he got to 23.”
McNamee clearly believes that the hustle was all about getting to 23 and not of winning Wimbledon. So for him, Djokovic is the greatest and the Alcaraz defeat doesn’t have much importance.
Has the Baton finally passed on to the ‘Next Gen’?
Often, this question has risen in the last few years. Has the baton finally passed to the next generation of tennis players after men’s tennis sees its toughest era? Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray ruled tennis from 2003 to 2017. Murray’s unfortunate hip operation meant that the others took it forward at Slams. They continued to win tournaments and didn’t allow anyone to get close to number 1.
However, Daniil Medvedev broke through finally in 2022 and got to number 1. Despite all that, most of the Grand Slam titles and big titles were still taken by the Big 3. However, with Federer’s retirement and Nadal’s claim of 2024 being his last, Djokovic is the only one left. His loss to Alcaraz at the Wimbledon Championships again raised many questions about the fact that is Djokovic’s rule also coming to an end.
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