Novak Djokovic continues to receive high praise from former pro and current coaches with his recent victory at the 2016 Australian Open and domination of the ATP tour in recent years.
Veteran tennis coach Nick Bollettieri did not hesitate in calling Djokovic the best player in the sport and the best player he has witnessed playing in his long-time stint as a mentor.
“I’ve been coaching for 60 years and he is the most perfect player that I have never seen, it’s difficult to find a weakness. I would say that Djokovic is the best of the history in terms of game,” Bollettieri said via Tennis World USA.
“If he succeeds to win three, four, five Grand Slam, there will be [Pete] Sampras or [Roger] Federer, he will be there.”
Roger Federer currently holds the all-time record for most Grand Slam titles in a career with 17 majors championships. Djokovic has won 11 Grand Slam titles but has won five of the last seven majors.
Bollettieri, who has mentored Boris Becker, the current coach of Djokovic, in the past, also said that coaching plays an important role in the Serbian’s success.
‘What has Becker brought? Go on the court and don’t give to the opponent any idea on how to beat him. To be the best in the world you have to be the best in every match, every day. Coaches have an important impact, you need to have familiarity with the athlete, with his wife, mum. Coach is more than a coach,” Bollettieri stated in the same article.
Aside from Becker, Bollettieri has also handled the likes of Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Sara Errani, Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, among many other successful tennis pros.
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