Tennis legend, Pete Sampras believes that Novak Djokovic has usurped the likes of Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer to become the best player in the history of tennis.
This week saw Djokovic break a record he held with childhood hero Sampras by securing the year-end top ranking for a record seventh time.
“Seven years, for him, I’m sure he sees it as a bonus to all the majors that he’s won,” Sampras told the ATP Tour website.
“But I think he’ll appreciate it more as he gets older. He did it at a time where he dominated two of the greats, in Roger and Rafa, and he handled the next generation of players very well – all at the same time.
“I do think what Novak’s done over the past 10 years, winning the majors, being consistent, finishing number one for seven years, to me it’s a clear sign that he is the greatest of all time.”
Djokovic is currently level on 20 major singles titles with Nadal and Federer, but at the age of 34 and in good health compared to the Spaniard and the Swiss, he will feel confident about his chances of becoming the outright leader in this category.