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Greatest Player of all Times – Novak Djokovic is the GOAT but won’t ever be loved like Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic will probably be considered the greatest player of all time when all is said and done.

A seventh Wimbledon title from eight finals takes him to a total of 21 grand slams. Rafa Nadal is on 22 but highly prone to injuries.

A big question remains over whether Djokovic can actually enter the next two grand slams and what a shame it would be if he’s not given a fair crack of the whip.

The tennis world gathers again at the US Open in New York in September but because Djokovic is unvaccinated he is not currently allowed to enter the United States. As for the Australian Open next January, because Novak was deported this year he is banned pending appeal from that country for three years.

That’s all the off-court stuff, on the grass and with the privilege of watching from court level, Djokovic was fantastic.

Countless times in Sunday’s final he could have folded on his own serve and with the crowd willing Nick Kyrgios to a fifth set. But with sheer brutal efficiency and strength of mind he lifted his standard when he needed to.

This was his first time in the winner’s circle at a major since Wimbledon last year. During the tournament Djokovic went over 80 wins. He is now the only player, male or female, to have amassed that many victories at each of the grand-slam championships.

At 35, he is also the second oldest man behind Roger Federer to win Wimbledon. He and his greatest rival Nadal have now won 15 of the last 17 slams. The mind boggles at their dominance into their mid-30s.

I had the great honour of speaking to Rocket Rod Laver on Sunday evening, who still has the sharpest eye when it comes to the finer points of match play. He thought Kyrgios could have won that match with another two or three points here or there.

Mr Laver, Don Budge and Djokovic are still the only male players to have held all four major championships at the same time.
It was an honour to speak to two of these men at the Champions Dinner.
Will Djokovic ever be loved and adored in the same way as Federer and Nadal?

Probably not.
But why should Djokovic care as he continues to chase records?
On the one hand you want to hear what he has to say, on the other hand and with broadcasting regulations in mind, you don’t.

Ofcom tells us we have to apologise if a swear word is heard. If that means my commentary consists of one long sorry, some may think that is an improvement.

Across from our commentary box was a woman and her friend who got under Kyrgios’ skin by distracting him between serves.
Kyrgios said something to her and as normal with Nick it immediately became a social media sensation.

He has got no filter and says what’s on his mind. He is representative of a generation that has grown up sharing everything and expecting respect.

There is no way you can fail to have an opinion on Kyrgios – you can like him or you can loathe him but you can’t say ‘I don’t really have a view’.

In a digital age and with millions of ways of consuming entertainment, Krygios (pictured) is gold and if he can marry his enormous talent to more success on court he could be the No.1 box-office draw in the sport. There is no tournament director that wouldn’t hang their tournament on him.

The Australian’s vulnerability and fallibility is part of his charm and for better or worse he shares it all with everybody.

His brother Christos wrote an open letter to him before the final and spoke of Nick’s depression, late nights and chaos. I would love to think those days are behind him but controversy and Kyrgios are forever entwined.

He may say Djokovic has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked but, deep down, isn’t he really describing himself?
The All England Club is supposed to have been embarrassed by her victory given the ban on Russian and Belarusian players. This is nonsense. Why should the club be embarrassed about taking a stand against a brutal and cruel invasion?

The government guidance was strong and Wimbledon felt it was right but regrettable to take a stand this year.

As a member of the club I support the committee and suggest those who do not should read the accounts of the savagery taking place in Ukraine. Better still seek out somebody who has been forced to flee in the face of Putin’s barbarity. Talk to them about who is the bad guy here. Just as it’s not Russian and Belarusian players, it is certainly not the All England Club either.

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