This is the fight to be the greatest: Djokovic catches up with Federer and Nadal

Novak Djokovic they have won seven of the last eleven Grand Slam titles, four of the six most recent and all three contested this season. Champion of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, he continued his winning streak by winning his sixth Wimbledon, adding 20 Grand Slam crowns.

The dominance of the Serbian, 34 years old, has tied the ‘Big 3’ in the record of 20 Grand Slam victories. Roger Federer, 40 years in a month, has not lifted a trophy in this category since the 2018 Australian Open, when he distanced the Spaniard Rafa Nadal, 35, by four victories and the Serbian by seven.

Nadal caught up with Federer in October 2020 by winning his thirteenth Roland Garros, but on his dominant ground he gave up command to Djokovic in the semi-finals in June 2021.

9 Australian Open (2008, 2011 to 2013, 2015 and 2016, 2019 to 2021)

2 Roland Garros (2016 and 2021)

6 Wimbledon (2011, 2014 and 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021)

3 US Open (2011, 2015 and 2018)

Novak Djokovic’s next goal is to Tokyo Olympics, in whose list of participants is Roger Federer, although he has not confirmed his attendance after the painful three-set loss to Hubert hurkacz, which made him 6-0 to reach the semifinals. Rafa Nadal, the best in Beijing 2008, has already announced his discharge who does have the singles gold, later adding the doubles gold in Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The Spaniard will go from clay to hard court, without stepping on the grass, reappearing in the Washington ATP, from August 2 to 8. It will begin its approach to a vital event in the struggle to be the greatest, the GOAT (Greatest of All Time), the US Open, in New York from August 30 to September 5.

1 Australian Open (2009)

13 Roland Garros (2005 to 2008, 2010 to 2014, 2017 to 2020)

2 Wimbledon (2008 and 2010)

4 US Open (2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019)

The defending champion is the Austrian Dominic Thiem, although its presence will depend on the evolution of a wrist injury. In the three editions prior to the pandemic, Nadal dominated those of 2017 and 2019, beating Djokovic in 2018. Federer signed five hits at a stroke, from 2004 to 2008, but it has already been thirteen years without succeeding in the city of skyscrapers.

There is the scale of the Grand Slams, the most precious treasure for tennis players, but many variants could logically enter, such as the total weeks of world No. 1 (Djokovic’s record), the Masters 1000 (equality at 36 between Djokovic and Nadal), the Davis Cups (Nadal has 5, one of his rivals) or the ATP Finals, Rafa’s pending subject, among others.

6 Australian Open (2004, 2006 and 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018)

1 Roland Garros (2009)

8 Wimbledon (2003 to 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2017)

5 US Open (2004 to 2008)

And then the personal preferences of each fan act, the personality and charisma of the protagonists who are producing a golden era in world men’s tennis.

They have been feeding each other, being Djokovic the current dominant. So much so that a gold Grand Slam has even been raised in the same season. They fit Tokyo and US Open. It would be something never seen in men, it would equal what the German woman did in her day Steffi graf.