Australian tennis player Alex Bolt has a great respect for each member of the Big Three and he insists Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are “all GOATs in their own right.” On Sunday, world No. 1 Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to win his 20th Grand Slam.
With winning Wimbledon, Djokovic tied Nadal and Federer on the all-time list with 20 Majors. “All three of those guys — Novak, Rafa and Fed — they’re all GOATs in their own right,” Bolt told The Newport Daily News.
“It’s really hard to single out one of them. We’re lucky to be in a generation where we have three of the greatest players to ever play”.
Djokovic’s win sparked GOAT conversation
On Sunday, Djokovic recovered from a set down against Berrettini to lift his sixth Wimbledon crown.
“It was more than a battle,” said Djokovic. “Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream of mine as a child. I know how special this is and I don’t want to take this for granted. I was a seven year old boy in Serbia, constructing a Wimbledon tennis trophy with improvised materials in my bedroom and now I am standing here with six titles.
It’s incredible”. When asked what it means to win his 20th Grand Slam title, Djokovic said: “It means none of us will stop [playing]. I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger as legends of our sport, the two most important players in my career and why I am the player I am today.
They made me realise what I needed to improve, mentally, physically and tactically. “When I first broke into the Top 10, for three or four years, I lost most of the big matches against these guys and something shifted at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011. The past 10 years have been an incredible journey and it’s not stopping here”.