At the US Open, Novak Djokovic (34) just barely missed his 20th Grand Slam title. Nevertheless, he is already the greatest for a coaching legend.
the essentials in brief
- Nikola Pilic (82) once trained Boris Becker, Klein-Djokovic was in his academy.
- For the coaching legend, there is no better player than the Serb.
Roger Federer (40), Rafael Nadal (35) and Novak Djokovic (34) have dominated the tennis world for years. All three have won 20 Grand Slam titles each and have broken almost all records there are. But who is the greatest of all time?
Who is the best tennis player ever?
One has a very clear opinion about it. For Nikola Pilic (82), Novak Djokovic is the best player of all time. Boris Becker’s former coach is committed. And also explains why it is not easy for the Serbs in the tennis world.
Djokovic trained in Pilic Academy
“It was believed that only someone from the West could reach such a level”, the native Yugoslav told “Tennis Major”. “And then a boy comes from a small country and dominates the tennis world,” continues Pilic.
The 82-year-old has had a German passport since 1987, worked as a trainer and captain of the German Davis Cup team for a long time. Twelve-year-old «Nole» also learns the ABCs of the game at Pilic’s tennis academy and stays there for four years. And raves about this time to this day.
So Pilic’s opinion should not be that completely objective – even if he claims that he is “completely impartial”. What particularly bothers the legendary coach: Djokovic is treated differently on the tour than, for example, Roger Federer.
“Federer would never have been excluded”
“If Federer had done the same thing as ‘Djoker’ at the US Open 2020, he would never have been excluded”, Pilic is certain. At that time, a Serbian line judge suffered a blow of frustration – afterwards the tournament was over for him.
Whether Federer would have been treated the same or not: It is not the only time that the Serb is not under control of his nerves.
Nadal’s uncle Toni (60) also sees it that way. “He didn’t always act like a number one on the pitch. That reveals something about his true character, ”said the Spaniard.
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