Luka Doncic Calls Novak Djokovic the GOAT After the Serb Wins 23rd Grand Slam

Luka Doncic Calls Novak Djokovic the GOAT After the Serb Wins 23rd Grand Slam

Edwin Kiplagat
June 12, 2023 at 11:54 AM
  • Luka Doncic has called Novak Djokovic the greatest tennis player of all time
  • Djokovic won his 23rd Grand Slam on Sunday after beating Casper Ruud in the 2023 French Open final
  • The Serb is now the outright leader in men's majors, moving ahead of Rafael Nadal

Tributes poured in from all over the world for Novak Djokovic after he won the 2023 French Open on Sunday, June 11. His title at Roland Garos was his 23rd Grand Slam title, which is more than any other male tennis player in history.

Dallas Mavericks star, Luka Doncic joined other sports stars in congratulating the Serb by declaring him the greatest of all time.

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Novak Djokovic could match Margaret Court's all-time singles mark at Wimbledon next month. Photos by Ron Jenkins and Clive Brunskill.
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36-year-old Djokovic defeated Casper Ruud 7-6 (1), 6-3, 7-5 to clinch his 23rd grand slam title, breaking his tie of 22 with Rafael Nadal.

The Serb looked sloppy in the opening stages of the first set, trailing 4-2 but grew into the match as it went on.

He used his experience to dominate the tie-break as Ruud faded. He comfortably won a 48-minute second set. Although the third set was competitive, Djokovic proved once again why he won 22 majors in his career.

With sports stars like Kylian Mbappe, Tom Brady, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic watching, it looked like there was only likely to be one outcome. Despite Ruud's resilience, the Serb proved to be too much for the Norwegian, per BBC.

Doncic calls Djokovic the GOAT

Nadal led other tennis stars in congratulating Djokovic. Mbappe lauded him on Instagram while several tennis stars, including 2023 women's French Open winner Iga Swiatek applauded him.

Others who congratulated the Serb included Rod Laver, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, current world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, Stan Wawrinka, Bianca Andreescu, and Victoria Azarenka.

NBA star, Doncic was not left behind. He declared Djokovic the greatest of all time on his Instagram story, sharing the ace's and adding five goat emojis, per Clutchpoints.

Djokovic becomes the first man ever to win at least three Grand Slam titles at all the major tournaments, per Sky Sports.

Only Margaret Court has more singles titles (24) than the Serbian, who has a chance of matching this fear at next month's Wimbledon.

Comparing Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer

Sports Brief earlier looked at the numbers behind three tennis greats who are considered among the best stars of all-time.

Roger Federer retired in 2022 after a decorated career where he won 22 Grand Slam titles, making the most money of them.

However, Djokovic and Nadal have won more Grand Slams than the legendary Swiss star but earned less from their careers.

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Edwin Kiplagat
Editor- Other Sports