Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been in a close race for the tennis throne for years. For Nikola Pilic (83) the question has been answered.
the essentials in brief
- Nikola Pilic (83) once took Boris Becker under his wing as a trainer.
- Today the Croatian explains why Novak Djokovic is the best player of all time for him.
- The Serb is superior to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in all important parameters.
After two triumphs by Rafael Nadal, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year goes to Novak Djokovic. With title number 21, the Serb overtakes Roger Federer (20 titles) and is just one trophy behind Nadal (22 titles). The trio has dominated tennis for many years.
But which of the three is the “Goat”, the “greatest of all time”? Ex-professional Nikola Pilic has long since decided – and explains his choice in an interview with “Sportklub”. “Novak Djokovic is better than Nadal and Federer on all parameters,” said the Croatian clearly.
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“He was number one in the world for 374 weeks, that’s impressive,” Pilic continued. In addition, the Serb has a positive record against almost all players. “And apart from him, no one has won all Grand Slam tournaments at least twice,” explains the 82-year-old.
Pilic: “Nadal could not have beaten Djokovic in the final”
While he is not asked about Roger Federer in the interview, Pilic breaks a lance for Rafael Nadal. “Hats off to Rafa, in hundreds of years nobody will win 14 titles at Roland Garros like him,” said Pilic.
But that does not apply to Wimbledon, nor to the tournament that has just ended. “I don’t think Nadal could have beaten Djokovic in the final. I’m pretty sure of that,” says Pilic. The Spaniard had to give up for the semifinals due to an abdominal muscle injury.
By the way: 82-year-old Nicola Pilic has had a German passport since 1987 and worked as a trainer (also for Boris Becker) for a long time. And captain of the German Daviscup team. Twelve-year-old “Nole” also learns the ABC of the game at Pilic’s tennis academy.
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