‘No one before Novak Djokovic reached…’, says former ATP star

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal hold countless records over the course of their extraordinary careers, records they still try to match or beat today. Together these three players have not only won 60 Grand Slam titles, but have also collected 121 Grand Slam semi-finals. It all started in Wimbledon 2003 when the Swiss champion reached the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Since then the Big Three have never stopped and have reached and surpassed all previous rivals. With 46 semifinals in Slam tournaments Federer leads this particular statistic, ahead of both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic but the Serbian champion, as has often happened to him in recent years, is really close to equaling and overtaking both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. . World number one Novak Djokovic has won 42 Grand Slam semifinals and given how his career progresses it seems likely that he will be able to match and overtake the Swiss champion soon. Federer is at 46, Rafael Nadal at 43 and Djokovic in 2021 finished at 42. While Roger and Rafa are struggling due to physical problems and advancing age, Nole has reached at least the semifinal in all four Grand Slams (three has won and at Flushing Meadows he surrendered in the final), but given his incredible numbers it seems likely that the Serbian not only detaches Federer and Nadal in the fight for the Grand Slams but also in this statistic where he can reach them in 2022 and can even surpass them next year.

Pilic speaks about Novak Djokovic

In a recent interview, Nikola Pilic highlighted some of Novak Djokovic’s biggest achievements. Pointing out how he dominated in an era comprising of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, Pilic claimed the Serb is objectively the greatest of all time. “He (Novak Djokovic) won the most Masters tournaments, he was the only one to win every Grand Slam at least twice, no one reached 17,000 ATP points, on a list on which Murray, Nadal and Federer together do not have like him,” Pilic said. “I don’t care which party you are in politics, but what you did.” Nikola Pilic then recalled how he refused to label Novak Djokovic the GOAT after the latter’s 2019 Wimbledon triumph, despite pressure from the Serbian media to do so. “Djokovic is phenomenal, great work, honest and hardworking,” Pilic said. “Serbian journalists pressured me in 2019 to say that Novak is the best. I didn’t want to say that until he won Wimbledon this year. The day he did that, I put the numbers on the table; he has the same number of Grand Slams as Nadal and Federer, with a better mutual score, he goes to 350 weeks at the top of the ATP list.”

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