If John McEnroe’s prediction is correct, there will likely be a clear winner in tennis’ GOAT debate.
After Novak Djokovic defeated seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final Sunday, the U.S. tennis great and seven-time Grand Slam champion said he believes the world No. 1 has a few more majors left to win as the 34-year-old veteran was “playing better than he’s ever played.”
“I think he’ll probably win at least four or five more … depending on staying healthy,” McEnroe told the BBC.
Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of 20 major titles with his victory at Wimbledon. The Serbian also won the Australian Open and the French Open this year as he continues his chase to become the first player with a calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969. He is still deciding whether he will attempt the Golden Grand Slam and compete at the Tokyo Olympics later this month.
McEnroe emphasized that Djokovic has been known to play his best while under pressure, so the high stakes of majors and seeking the final tournament of his Grand Slam will allow him to truly shine.
“He’s put himself so far out in front of everyone in terms of his ability to embrace what he’s doing — in terms of creating history — and being able to execute under a lot of stress.
“You’re trying to break the all-time records — there’s a lot of pressure. He’s able to play his best tennis at this point. You expect that to go on for another couple of years, unless someone steps up and realizes how great they are.”
On Sunday, the tennis star’s coach and former Wimbledon victor Goran Ivanisevic said that the GOAT debate had been over for years, but will become undisputed if he clinches the U.S. Open crown.
“He’s the only guy who can win four in a row in the same year,” Ivanisevic said. “If he wins the U.S. Open, it [the GOAT debate] is over.”