For Nikola Pilić, only Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal remain in the GOAT race, with Roger Federer lagging behind. Croats believe that both Rafa and Novak will end their careers in more major titles than Swiss. Especially after Roger was injured and off the court for a year.
At the beginning of 2021, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were connected by 20 majors, three more than Novak Djokovic. Serbs have wasted the opportunity to close the gap at the US Open and Roland Garros a few months ago. This is what he is ready to fix in the next few years.
In the 2020 season, we saw three major tournaments and three different champions. After winning the 17th Major Trophy at the Australian Open, experiencing defaults at the French Open and losing the Roland Garros title match with Nadal, Djokovic liked to eliminate Federer and Nadal’s deficit. ..
Since 2011, Novak has been the dominant figure in men’s tennis, winning the No. 1 honor at the end of six years and the crowns of the Majors, Masters 1000 and ATP Finals. Players from Belgrade have gathered 16 major shields since the 2011 Australian Open, approaching their major rivals and securing themselves among the best players ever.
Novak has a perfect start to the season, winning the ATP Cup, Australian Open, Dubai and Cincinnati and adding the 18th major trophy to his tally in New York. Instead, Novak became the first default in his career after a careless mistake with Pablo Carreño Busta, returning to Europe to win the record 36th Masters 1000 trophy in Rome and Nadal to 35. I left it.
Nikola Pilić has excluded Roger Federer from the GOAT race.
In search of the second crown of the French Open, Djokovic lost the title match with Rafa in the straight set and played only two games in sets 1 and 2 to push Rafa towards the 20th major.
After a few tough years due to injury, the Spaniards made a great comeback in 2017, winning six major titles since the French Open that year and playing against Roger Federer at the top of the GOAT race. Did. Roger has suffered a knee injury since the Australian Open last January and hasn’t played since undergoing surgery in February and May.
The Swiss will have to return to the court at the end of February, but after such a long break it will be difficult to chase the major trophies compared to their much younger rivals from the top. “It’s hard to imagine Roger Federer getting one or two more majors.
I’m not saying it’s impossible, but he’ll be very hard to achieve. In addition to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, there are young guns that can challenge him, such as Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev. In addition, Roger is 39 years old. In my opinion, only two people remain in the GOAT race, “said Nikola Pilić.
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“Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will leave Roger Federer behind.”
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