Former US Open champion Marin Cilic has weighed in on the debate of who is the greatest tennis player of all time and has labelled Novak Djokovic the ‘GOAT’.
Roger Federer currently sits atop the mountain with 20 Grand Slam titles, followed closely by Rafael Nadal on 19 and Djokovic on 17.
But after an undefeated start in the ATP Cup and Australian Open in 2020, Cilic has labelled Djokovic as the greatest player of all time at the peak of his powers.
Cilic said Djokovic is the most complete player with “barely any holes in his game”.
"Novak Djokovic hasn't lost a match this season; he is the favourite in Indian Wells as well," Cilic told Tennis World.
“For me, Novak at his peak is the greatest player ever, the one with incredible tennis and barely any holes in his game.
“I believe that Djokovic has the best chances to finish a career with most majors - he is not that far behind Federer, he is also healthy and there's a great team around him."
Djokovic recently won his fifth title at the Dubai Tennis Championship to continue his insane start to the season.
The World No.1 is on an 18-0 run and has the best chance to finish with the most Grand Slam considering he is the youngest of the ‘Big Three’.
Nadal and Djokovic dominate
For months now we’ve been hearing about how there’s a changing of the guard happening in men’s tennis, with the young brigade set to usurp the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
But with title triumphs less than 24 hours apart over the weekend, Nadal and Djokovic proved that’s nowhere close to being true.
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World No.2 Nadal captured his first ATP Tour title of 2020, easily defeating unseeded Taylor Fritz in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the final of the Mexico Open on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Nadal, playing in his first tournament since losing in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open last month, didn't drop a set all week and improved to 19-2 all-time at this event.
He nabbed his third Mexico Open title to go with victories in 2013 and 2005.