Djokovic: "I believe I am the best" (11.07.2021)

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
Thing with Djokovic is it's hard to find any holes to attack at, what can you even aim for now?

he's literally got everything and in spades
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
"But whether I am the greatest of all time or not, I'll leave that debate to other people."

He is currently the best, that's undeniable. He never said he was GOAT.
It’s funny, of everyone in the world I have the least issue with Novak himself believing he is the GOAT. The rest of us can debate weak eras and poly and surface homogenization, but the guy has dedicated his life to the sport since he was 5.

He has shown up and had to deal with the most pressure in tennis history and also beat the 2 greatest players ever in numerous Slam matches. And he has only himself to rely on in these moments, every single time.

I say let him believe whatever he wants. Same goes for Roger and Rafa. They deserve it for their ridiculous achievements. Let the fans debate hypotheticals, you’ll never convince a pro athlete that his titles mean less.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I completely agree. A tennis player who has just won the first 3 slams of the year for the first time in 40 years should not feel good about himself at all. In fact he should kneel down and praise Rafa and Roger as they are not here to vulture this weak era. Sound fair?
Not saying that. He should feel good about himself but you don't Say it. You say something like " I am really Humbled by this achievement and I am truly Honored to be in same company as Roger and Rafa who are the true Goat's in my opinion. and I will continue to strive to play my best tennis in the future and i only Hope to be considered one of the great players in history, in same company as Roger, Rafa, Laver ect"

That is what you say if you have class and humble beauty inside you
 

Matheson

Semi-Pro
Not saying that. He should feel good about himself but you don't Say it. You say something like " I am really Humbled by this achievement and I am truly Honored to be in same company as Roger and Rafa who are the true Goat's in my opinion. and I will continue to strive to play my best tennis in the future and i only Hope to be considered one of the great players in history, in same company as Roger, Rafa, Laver ect"

That is what you say if you have class and humble beauty inside you
So you just want him to lie and kiss ass?
 

Bumbaliceps

Semi-Pro
Not saying that. He should feel good about himself but you don't Say it. You say something like " I am really Humbled by this achievement and I am truly Honored to be in same company as Roger and Rafa who are the true Goat's in my opinion. and I will continue to strive to play my best tennis in the future and i only Hope to be considered one of the great players in history, in same company as Roger, Rafa, Laver ect"

That is what you say if you have class and humble beauty inside you
If I was the President, you would be paid for your work.
 

NiCo515

Rookie
Not saying that. He should feel good about himself but you don't Say it. You say something like " I am really Humbled by this achievement and I am truly Honored to be in same company as Roger and Rafa who are the true Goat's in my opinion. and I will continue to strive to play my best tennis in the future and i only Hope to be considered one of the great players in history, in same company as Roger, Rafa, Laver ect"

That is what you say if you have class and humble beauty inside you
What's the point of even asking questions if you just want to hear generic PR answers? And there is no plural of GOAT. GOATs isn't an acronym that stands for anything.
 

Matheson

Semi-Pro
Not saying that. He should feel good about himself but you don't Say it. You say something like " I am really Humbled by this achievement and I am truly Honored to be in same company as Roger and Rafa who are the true Goat's in my opinion. and I will continue to strive to play my best tennis in the future and i only Hope to be considered one of the great players in history, in same company as Roger, Rafa, Laver ect"

That is what you say if you have class and humble beauty inside you
Imagine Nadal or Federer saying "Djokovic is the true GOAT in my opinion". It would never happen and would be ridiculous to expect that of them.

Yet here you are saying Djokovic lacks class, humility and beauty inside because he didn't spout that nonsense.
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
Not saying that. He should feel good about himself but you don't Say it. You say something like " I am really Humbled by this achievement and I am truly Honored to be in same company as Roger and Rafa who are the true Goat's in my opinion. and I will continue to strive to play my best tennis in the future and i only Hope to be considered one of the great players in history, in same company as Roger, Rafa, Laver ect"

That is what you say if you have class and humble beauty inside you
I feel that you are being naive about how the world really works and how competitive athletes really think.
 

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
Not saying that. He should feel good about himself but you don't Say it. You say something like " I am really Humbled by this achievement and I am truly Honored to be in same company as Roger and Rafa who are the true Goat's in my opinion. and I will continue to strive to play my best tennis in the future and i only Hope to be considered one of the great players in history, in same company as Roger, Rafa, Laver ect"

That is what you say if you have class and humble beauty inside you
He's now in the same company as Laver. Nadal and Federer are a tier below.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I feel that you are being naive about how the world really works and how competitive athletes really think.
Not Naive. This is kind of Attitude we ALL must have if the human kind is to avoid WW3 and continue to survive in the future. This is the god honest truth. ALL of you in this thread,,, PLEASE take that to heart. and change your attitude
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
I believe he is the best too.

He's only lost to 3 guys this season: Karatsev (semi-final of Serbia Open), Dan Evans (3rd round of Monte Carlo) and Nadal (final of Rome).
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
At that level, you better believe that you are the best. I am not a fan of Novak. But his belief of being the best(or even best ever) is nothing that we can hold against somebody at this level. Nadal and Federer likely believe it too. And if they don’t, then maybe that’s why Djoker caught them(at least caught them).
 

verybiglobo

New User
I believe that he wanted to say that he thinks he is the best in terms of best version of himself and that he believes in himself otherwise he won’t be talking about winning slams. About the GOAT he certainly want to be considered as (same as Rafa or Roger), but he said that he is honored of being part of that conversation. He has the edge in the GOAT statistics now and rightfully so, but the race is not finished yet.
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
Not Naive. This is kind of Attitude we ALL must have if the human kind is to avoid WW3 and continue to survive in the future. This is the god honest truth. ALL of you in this thread,,, PLEASE take that to heart. and change your attitude
I can respect that view, it’s clear that this doesn’t come from a place of bitterness as a Roger or Rafa fan but a place of love. Is your name Pepe Imaz by any chance?

I know a few pro athletes and they all say that mentally you must convince yourself you are the best, to win. For example, if Rafa truly felt Roger was the real GOAT he wouldn’t have hit to his BH so much. You do what you have to do to win, above all other costs. These guys have to have the utmost confidence in themselves to believe they will win. So, when a top athlete says that he believes he is the best, it’s the honest truth of how they actually think. In truth, Roger and Rafa 100% believed the same thing, whether they verbalize it or not is not the point.
 

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
LOL. One slam elevates Djokovic to top tier. Federer, 6 slams more than Sampras and they are in the same pool???
There’s a parallel world somewhere where you make sense.
Players exist in their own eras. Federer is only third best in his own era so of course it affects his standing when you compare different eras.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I can respect that view, it’s clear that this doesn’t come from a place of bitterness as a Roger or Rafa fan but a place of love. Is your name Pepe Imaz by any chance?

I know a few pro athletes and they all say that mentally you must convince yourself you are the best, to win. For example, if Rafa truly felt Roger was the real GOAT he wouldn’t have hit to his BH so much. You do what you have to do to win, above all other costs. These guys have to have the utmost confidence in themselves to believe they will win. So, when a top athlete says that he believes he is the best, it’s the honest truth of how they actually think. In truth, Roger and Rafa 100% believed the same thing, whether they verbalize it or not is not the point.
yes i agree with you. But having said that,, You don't actually say You are the Best,, out loud. you just keep it to yourself and say that to yourself Inside ONLY, and tell noone
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Looks like he finally admits that @NoleIsBoat. Whether he is @DjokoGOAT or not...he will leave that to the @Djokodal Fan armies to debate it out. His ruthless yet calm aggression today embodied that of a @Hitman. Some call it the mindset of @TheAssassin. But with 311 weeks at the top and counting, we can safely say that @Djokovic_is_the_best#1. Even he seems to acknowledge that he has risen from Nole the Rising Star to @King No1e.

Can he claim the @CYGS? Perhaps, but even if he doesn't, it's okay because he already has the @Nole Slam - and no matter what, @NoleFam will always be behind him.
 

The Guru

Hall of Fame
LOL. One slam elevates Djokovic to top tier. Federer, 6 slams more than Sampras and they are in the same pool???
There’s a parallel world somewhere where you make sense.
Different eras my friend. Pretty much impossible to compare pre poly to post poly era especially with all the court changes. I don’t think you can reasonably compare Fed to Sampras but it makes sense to put them in the same tier as dominators of a certain decade 90/00s respectively
 
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