Former world No. 37 Nicolas Mahut has acknowledged that the statistics favor Novak Djokovic in the greatest of all time debate but he noted that some other things should also be taken into consideration. This season, Djokovic broke the record for most weeks spent as No.
1 and tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time recird list with 20 Grand Slams. Many believe that the Big Three won’t be tied for too long on the all-time record list as Djokovic is the top favorite to win the US Open and capture a record 21st Major title.
“We are entering a very sensitive subject because we must first see the definition of GOAT: what it represents,” Mahut started, per We Love Tennis. “If we trust the record, it is obvious that Djokovic would become if he is not already.
If we just look at the pure statistics, he has more weeks as world number 1, he will have the most Grand Slams or at least be tied. The head-to-head record with Federer and Nadal, it is positive against both. If we just look at the numbers and statistics, obviously in terms of wins, Djokovic would be the greatest ”
Federer has had bigger impact on tennis than Djokovic, insists Mahut
“Now is it just that? I think there is also a part of emotion, of subjectivity on this subject.
When we talk about tennis, the greatest, there is emotion that comes into play and inevitably that the impact that Roger had on tennis will be, whatever happens, more important than that of Novak. Like in golf, for example, Tiger Woods had more of an impact than Nicklaus.
Yet Jack Nicklaus has a better track record than him. In 10.15 years, we will still have this same debate. There will be pro Federer, pro Nadal and pro Djokovic. What those three did is absolutely amazing. Personally, I have a soft spot for Nadal, but I’m not saying he’s the greatest . What is incredible is that they evolved during the same period,” Mahut explained.