The question that has no answer, and a question that will always split the tennis fans; who is the GOAT? Is it Djokovic, Nadal or Federer? If the number of Grand Slams is the measurement, Federer is the undisputed champions, but we need to ask ourselves is; for how long?
As it stands now, the top three tennis players are without a doubt Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, however, out of the three, there is one that stands out due to his incredible performances in recent years. Of course, we are talking about Novak Djokovic, currently ranked no.1 in the world.
Novak Djokovic is currently only one Grand Slam away from holding all four tennis majors at the same time. He holds the US Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open, which means he only needs to win the French Open at the start of June to reach the incredible achievement. To be fair, it would not surprise us if he manages to do so. Djokovic has been on a tear since the middle of last summer when he won Wimbledon. He then continued with his hot streak and won Cincinnati Masters, the US Open and Shanghai Masters in only three months.
This year, Novak Djokovic was just as impressive. He won the Australian Open, after defeating Nadal (6-3, 6-2, 6-3) in finals and earned himself his 3rd Grand Slam in a row. This now sets him up with a possibility of winning four consecutive Grand Slams in a row, if he manages to repeat his success in the French Open, which he won in 2016. If Djokovic wins the French Open, he would not only become one of the three male tennis players who managed to win four consecutive Grand Slams in a row, Djokovic would also come really close to catching up with Roger Federer who sits at the top of the tennis world with 20 Grand Slams. Interesting enough, Federer, who is widely considered as one of the best tennis players, never held all four Majors at the same time, although he did come close. Same goes for Nadal, who holds 17 Grand Slams titles but never won each major consecutively.
With Djokovic impressive form, some speculate it’s only a matter of time when he will get to catch up to Roger Federer and his 20 Grand Slam titles, which just might not be too far from the truth. Ever since last summer, when Djokovic won Wimbledon he seems to be unstoppable, which brought him to the point of holding 3 Majors and the last one just waiting for him to grab. Should he do it, Djokovic would justify being called one of the best that ever lived, however, if he manages to catch up to Federer’s 20 Grand Slams it would only be an icing on the cake a which would get him the title of GOAT.
As it stands now, Djokovic has 15 Grand Slams, with Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open being his last three. With French Open just around the corner, Djokovic could potentially close the gap to 4, and even to only 2 by the end of the season. Will he do it is something we can only speculate, however looking at the way he has been playing and the form Djokovic has been showing, I would not be surprised if he passes Federer in the summer of 2020.