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'Novak Djokovic is better than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer by all parameters,' says Croatian legend

'Hats off to Nadal, but Novak Djokovic is better than him and Roger Federer by all parameters,' says Croatian legend
Novak Djokovic after beating Rafael Nadal at French Open

Novak Djokovic is 'better than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer by all parameters,' according to Croatian legend Nikola Pilic.

Pilic was one of the tennis trailblazers that transitioned from the amateur era to the Open era, with him reaching a French Open final in 1973.

He has watched Djokovic's career closely from the start and he believes his most recent Wimbledon title may be the biggest of his career so far.

Speaking to SportKlub about Djokovic's performance to win Wimbledon, Nikola Pilic said: "A very important tournament for Novak, more important than any before.

He was perhaps helped in the end by Rafael Nadal having to withdraw with injury ahead of the semi-finals, although Pilic does not believe it would have made any difference even if the Spaniard was able to carry on.

"Nadal didn't play well the whole tournament," he said. "He struggled with form, I don't think he could beat Djokovic in the final. I'm pretty sure of that."

Novak Djokovic has now won more Grand Slams than Roger Federer and is just one behind Rafael Nadal, meaning the conversation once again turns to who is the greatest of the three.

Pilic, though, says there is only one real answer to that question.

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"Novak is better than Nadal and Federer by all parameters," he explained.

"He was the number one player in the world for 374 weeks, which is impressive. Also, no one except him has won all the Grand Slam titles twice (editor's note: Pilic is wrong here - Rafael Nadal has also done that), and Novak has a positive head-to-head with almost all players.

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"But of course, hats off to Nadal too. For hundreds of years, no one will win 14 titles at Roland Garros like him."

Djokovic may now be unable to play at the US Open due to his vaccination status, and Pilic says that particular situation is difficult to understand.

"He had a lot of problems this season," he said. "He found out that he can't play at the US Open now that we don't have the coronavirus, and last year when it was relevant, he could play."

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