Former player and one of the best players in the history of the sport, Pat McEnroe declared that the current era is the “golden generation” in tennis because of the presence and dominance of the “Big Three”, which includes current tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
McEnroe admitted that he sees Federer still as the “best player ever” but that Djokovic have a shot of challenging the Swiss Maestro for the all-time great status in tennis.
“[Roger] Federer to me is still the best I’ve ever seen. [Novak] Djokovic is certainly on his way, to maybe in that conversation with Federer if he can continue what he’s done in the next 2-3 years,” McEnroe shared in an interview with Voice of America.
Currently, Federer owns the all-time record for men’s singles Grand Slam titles with 17 while Djokovic has 11. However, Djokovic is just 28 years old and is pegged to be playing at the same level the past years when he dominated the ATP tour.
The Serbian has won six of the last eight majors tournament since 2013 and only missed the French Open last year for what could have been a tennis calendar Grand Slam.
“Obviously Nadal, [is] maybe the greatest competitor I’ve ever seen. He willed himself to become more than just a clay court player.” McEnroe added in the interview.
“Imagine if you’re Andy Murray, you’ve been a great player, you’ve been into multiple Grand Slams finals and lose to Djokovic in the Australian Open 1500 times. He’s won two majors and won the Olympics and he’s sort of the the “next guy.”
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