Tennis-Djokovic is the “GOAT” for Sampras

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The debate over the greatest of all time (GOAT) in men’s tennis has divided opinions for years, but American Pete Sampras has no doubts that Serbian Novak Djokovic is the one.

Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal are currently tied at 20 major singles titles apiece, and fans and pundits have continued to argue over who should be considered ‘GOAT’ Djokovic, 34, the youngest of the triumvirate, has been unmatched in consistency and success in recent years and has already claimed Federer’s long-standing record for holding the men’s world rankings for most weeks.

This month, the Serbian broke ties with his childhood idol, Sampras, winning the end-of-year world rankings seven times, a record. “Seven years, for him I’m sure he sees this as a bonus for all the majors he’s won,” said Sampras, who won 14 major singles titles before retiring after the US Open 2002, said the ATP Tour. website.

“But I think he’ll appreciate it more as he gets older. He did so at a time when he dominated two of the greats, Roger and Rafa, and he’s handled the next generation of players very well – all at the same time. “I think what Novak has done in the last 10 years, winning majors, being consistent, finishing number one for seven years is a clear sign to me that he is the greatest ever. . “

Djokovic, who also won a record 37th ATP Masters title in Paris this month, received the year-end world number one trophy on Monday in Turin, Italy, following his victory over Norway’s Casper Ruud in the end-of-season ATP finals. “I’ve been ‘The Man’ for that number of years, and he’s been even more ‘The Man’,” Sampras said.

“I think he’s been more consistent, he’s won more events, he’s got more majors. I could go on talking about his career. I don’t think you’ll see (the end-of-seven number one ‘year).”

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