Djokovic can win at least 25 Grand Slam titles, McEnroe says
The 34-year-old Serbian won Wimbledon on Sunday, his 20th Grand Slam, tying the career Grand Slam title tally of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Former American tennis player John McEnroe believes he will be surprised if world No.1 Novak Djokovic does not win 25 Grand Slam titles.
The 34-year-old Serb won Wimbledon on Sunday, his 20th Grand Slam, tying the career Grand Slam title tally of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf are the only three players to hold more than 20 career Grand Slam titles to date.
“Djokovic is playing better than he has ever played. I think he’ll probably win at least four or five more, obviously depending on how healthy he is, ”McEnroe told BBC Sport.
Djokovic has had an extremely successful 2021. He has won Australia, France and Wimbledon so far. Looking at his current form, it won’t be a surprise that Djokovic wins the United States as well. However, he was worried about competing in the Tokyo Olympics until now.
“Djokovic has put himself so far ahead of everyone else in terms of being able to embrace what he does – in terms of creating a story – and being able to perform under a lot of stress,” McEnroe told the BBC.
The American said Djokovic is under a lot of pressure, but “still plays his best tennis”. “You’d expect this to go on for a few more years, unless someone gets up and realizes how awesome they are,” said the seven-time Grand Slam winner.
McEnroe also praised Federer and Nadal. “It’s rare when you have three guys playing at the same time and it would be hard to pretend they’re not the top three players of all time.”
Novak Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in winning his 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday July 11, returning to beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final.
No.1 Djokovic won a third straight championship at the All England Club and a sixth overall.
He adds that nine titles at the Australian Open, three at the US Open and two at the French Open equal his two rivals for the most major tournaments won by a man in tennis history.
The 34-year-old Serb is now the only man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three majors of a season. He can aim for a one-calendar-year Grand Slam, something a man last accomplished when Laver did so 52 years ago at the US Open, which begins August 30.
This was Djokovic’s 30th major final for men, only Federer played more, 31 and the first for Berrettini, a 25-year-old Italian who was seeded No.7.