The greatest: Novak Djokovic – speedy superserver who masters mind games

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The greatest: Novak Djokovic – speedy superserver who masters mind games

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Who has been the best male tennis player of the last 50 years? It could easily be the current World No 1[list][*][url=https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/ ... t-50-years]Who’s your choice? Have your say[/url][/list]In 2007, as Roger Federer wreaked havoc on the world, a young Serb with freakish flexibility and a wicked backhand began to put himself on the map. As he rose up the rankings, Novak Djokovic passed a series of players who lost to the best before they even stepped on to the court. People wondered aloud whether Djokovic was really any different.“Why should I be frightened?” Djokovic responded. “For me it’s a totally normal thing. If you go out on the court thinking positively and thinking: ‘I can win against anybody,’ I think that’s a right thinking. If you go with the white flag on the court, what are you doing there?” Related: [url=https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/ ... t-50-years]Who is the greatest male tennis player of the last 50 years?[/url] Nobody in history has been able to find such mental clarity in chaos Related: [url=https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/ ... ams-tennis]The greatest? Memory can play tricks but it's still Serena Williams for me | Kevin Mitchell[/url] Paris has irretrievably fallen in love with Novak Djokovic and remains quietly indifferent to the moody charm of the man he defeated soundly on Sunday, Andy Murray. The courting of the Serb began in two failed finals against their near-invincible nine-times king, Rafael Nadal, bloomed when he fell again, tearfully, in the face of a muscular onslaught by Stan Wawrinka a year ago, and was sealed in the final on Sunday when he defeated Murray in four sets, his victory speech blessed from above as the sun pierced clouds that had held Roland Garros in their gloomy grip for a week. After three hours and three minutes, the world No 1 prevailed 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, his 24th win against Murray in 34 matches, to reaffirm the established order in a sport he now dominates like nobody else has in the Open era. Even the man in the stands whose 47-year-old mark he matched by completing a set of four concurrently held majors, Rod Laver, must have wondered how good this great champion would have been in any era. If he were to go on to do the calendar grand slam with wins at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows to go with his Australian Open title, the clamour to embrace Djokovic as potentially the best player of all time will be an irresistible crescendo.
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