Who is the greatest tennis player of all-time? Easy and safe answer is Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who has dominated the scene the last decade. However, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is starting to gain ground on Federer and the G.O.A.T title in recent years.
Djokovic is currently the top player in the world and has been dominating the past two to three years— and that includes dwarfing the Swiss’ accomplishments of late and dominating Federer in their head-to-head match-ups.
With Djokovic’s recent performances and impressive results—plus shocking dominance—is it now safe to ask if there is a chance that the Serbian will surpass what Federer has done in his career?
And will Djokovic do enough— particularly, win more Grand Slam titles, —to unseat Federer as tennis’ greatest of all time?
Sports Rageous takes a look at the “Tale of the Tape” between these two heated rivals and how they and their tennis accomplishments stack up against each other in their respective careers so far:
Djokovic is six years younger than Federer, who is starting to struggle with injuries at this point of his illustrious career. However, Federer had dominated early in his career that he put some major distance against his rivals with regards to Grand Slam hauls.
Can Djokovic continue his dominating form in the next four to five years when he hit his early 30s? Can Djokovic reach Federer’s all-time slam haul of 17 and even surpass it? After winning three of four Grand Slam titles last year, Djokovic is primed for another impressive run this year and kicked off the new season by winning the Australian Open.
How will Federer play after a recent surgery? Can the Swiss return to the form that brought him the record 17 titles in the past? And, perhaps the most important question of all, can he beat Djokovic in the important matches?