Novak Djokovic clinched his 19th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros a few weeks ago, making him the first player in the Open Era to have lifted all majors at least twice. The world number 1 has already set his sights on the sixth seal at Wimbledon, which would allow him to match eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings.
Having also imposed himself on the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, the Serbian phenomenon is in full swing to achieve the ‘Calendar Golden Slam’, if we also include the Tokyo Olympic Games that will be played next month.
The recent exploits of the 34-year-old from Belgrade have reopened the discussion about the greatest ever. Nole’s numbers place him increasingly close to the elite of this sport, without forgetting the current difficulties of Nadal and Federer.
The Spaniard had to give up Wimbledon to recharge his batteries, while the Swiss – at the age of 40 – now seems close to saying goodbye. In an interview with the Herald, the legendary John Newcombe spoke highly of Djokovic.
Newcombe on the GOAT debate
“[If he wins Wimbledon again], he has to go down as the best of all time,” John Newcombe said. “Novak Djokovic is certainly heading in that direction. You can’t dispute the facts.
He is winning those big matches.” Newcombe also lauded Novak Djokovic for improving on grass over the course of his career. The Serb has reigned supreme at Wimbledon in recent years, winning four of the last six editions of the tournament to cement his status as one of the best grasscourters of all time.
“When he started out, we didn’t think grass would be Novak’s best surface. But he’s done a great job in the way he has developed his game – he’s almost equally as confident on all surfaces,” Newcombe said.
“Certainly on hardcourt and grass, he’s extremely hard to beat. And there’s only one guy that’s better than him on clay.” The Wimbledon Championships are known for their bad weather, as they are subject to heavy rainfall.
The Wimbledon Championships 2021, have been delayed by a long time, and will not begin before 1 pm GMT. The rains have yet again played the role of a villain. A few days ago, Essential Living predicted this year to be the wettest tournament in the last 15 years.
With an expected average rainfall of 5.11 mm, it will be the wettest opening day, since 1991. The rain has always been a hassle at SW19. This year, spectators are also allowed in the stadium, at a 50% capacity, and can get annoyed at the current scenario.