KEY POINTS

  • Former tennis player puts Novak Djokovic ahead of Roger Federer in GOAT debate
  • Djokovic recently got disqualified from US Open
  • Federer will resume action next year

Former World No. 4 tennis player Brad Gilbert has said that Novak Djokovic is a better mover on the court than Roger Federer.

When it comes to sports, the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) debates that compare various sportspersons are never-ending. In NBA, it is usually between Michael Jordan and Lebron James, in soccer it is always Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo and in tennis, there are three GOATs – Rafael Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic.

Before Djokovic rose through the ranks in tennis, the duo of Federer and Nadal – fondly called as FEDAL – dominated the sport. 

Recently, an account named 'Aryan' tweeted that Federer is the real GOAT because of his attacking nature and his style of play that needs accuracy. Although the tweet was eventually removed by the user but by then it had already attracted responses from many tennis fans. A lot of tennis followers suggested that the GOAT debate should not include only the Grand Slam count.

The tweet also caught the attention of former American tennis player Gilbert, who termed the claim by 'Aryan,' "ridiculous."

"No that is beyond ridiculous, the style of play makes you the goat. Fed (Federer) is a tremendous mover and amazing offensive mover but no way is he a better mover then Djoker (Djokovic). In a few years, will nowhere we stand and if ND (Novak Djokovic) or Vamos-Rafa (Rafael Nadal) have the most or Fed," tweeted Gilbert, who won 20 singles ATP titles during his playing days.

The 39-year-old Federer currently leads the Grand Slam tally with 20 major titles to his name, but Nadal is one major title away and has two more than Djokovic. The Serbian had a great chance to reduce the deficit at the US Open 2020 as the tournament did not feature Nadal and Federer. Unfortunately, Djokovic was disqualified for striking a line judge with a ball during his Round of 16 matches against Spain's Carreno Busta.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off the court after being defaulted due to inadvertently striking a lineswoman with a ball hit in frustration during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at the US Open Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off the court after being defaulted due to inadvertently striking a lineswoman with a ball hit in frustration during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at the US Open Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AL BELLO

The three-time U.S. Open winner was frustrated when he was trailing 5-6 in the first set. As soon as he lost another point and Busta served for the set at 0-40, an irked Djokovic smashed the ball behind him, which ended up hitting the line judge on the neck following which she fell to the ground. Even though it was unintentional, it was still against the ATP rules, which saw Djokovic receiving a default.