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    12 June 2023

    French Open 2023: Assessing Novak Djokovic’s GOAT status in comparison to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

    The Race to be Crowned the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) in Men’s Tennis

    Novak Djokovic has once again proven why he is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Not only did he win his third French Open title, but he also moved ahead in the race for the GOAT title.

    The debate over who should be crowned as the best player ever has been going on for years. Many consider Grand Slam titles as a metric to determine this, and it seems that Djokovic might have settled this debate – at least for now.

    Djokovic Takes the Lead with 23 Major Titles

    Djokovic now holds 23 major titles after winning at Roland Garros, moving him one clear ahead of Rafael Nadal and three ahead of Roger Federer. With Nadal out injured and planning to retire soon and Federer already retired, it looks like Djokovic may continue leading this race for some time.

    A Chance to Equal Margaret Court’s Record at Wimbledon

    Djokovic isn’t done yet though. He will be playing at Wimbledon next month where he could equal Margaret Court’s record by winning his 24th major title.

    Some people argue that quantifying their different playing styles or physical and mental strength doesn’t provide an accurate representation when determining who deserves to hold this prestigious title. However, numbers do offer a framework for debate.

    Federer vs Nadal vs Djokovic: A Fluctuating Battle

    • Roger Federer holds the record for 20 Grand Slam titles and was considered unbeatable until Rafa Nadal entered the scene in 2005.
    • Rafael Nadal has won 20 Grand Slams, with his dominance on clay courts earning him the nickname ‘King of Clay’.
    • Novak Djokovic stands at number one with his recent French Open title victory, taking his total to 23 major titles

    The race to be crowned as the GOAT became a fluctuating battle between these three players. When Federer overtook Pete Sampras’s previous best mark with his 15th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2009, it seemed that he was unbeatable. At that time, Nadal had won six majors and Djokovic had just landed his maiden title at the Australian Open in 2008.

    Federer’s trajectory began to plateau in 2011 when Djokovic took his game to new heights. After winning at least one major every year from 2003-2010, Federer struggled for four years before finding success again in 2017 when both Nadal and Djokovic were dealing with injuries or loss of form.

    Nadal vs Federer: A Brief Stint as Joint Leaders

    In Roland Garros last year (2020), Rafael Nadal won a record-breaking14th championship title thereby sharing joint leadership status alongside Roger Federer but Novak soon caught up after winning successive grand slams including this year’s Roland Garros tournament..

    Djokovic Takes Sole Leadership Position for The First Time Ever

    After missing out on an opportunity to win again at Melbourne Park due to Covid complications which saw him deported from Australia because he wasn’t vaccinated, Djokovic won Wimbledon last year and has now added the Australian Open and French Open titles this year to take sole leadership for the first time ever.

    In conclusion, it is tough to determine who deserves to be crowned as the GOAT. However, Novak Djokovic’s recent victories have put him ahead of his rivals in terms of Grand Slam titles.

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