Someday soon, though, tennis fans are going to have to get their heads around the fact that Djokovic must now be mentioned when we discuss who is the greatest men’s player of all time. He has already spent more weeks at No. 1 than Nadal, and needs four more Grand Slam titles to tie Nadal and Pete Sampras. He won three Grand Slams this year, and was in the final of the fourth, at Roland Garros. Among active players, only Federer has made it to four Grand Slam finals in a calendar year—Williams’s loss to Vinci, in the semifinals, kept her from accomplishing that for the first time.
I really personally think he has to be thought as a great. I don’t know why the crowd hates him so much.
In a typically measured press conference he observed all the protocols of respect, even if his heart was screaming something diametrically opposed to his words. “I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m dominating,” said the player who has earned more than $14m this year alone and sits atop the heap more than 7,000 points clear of Federer, “but I definitely am very proud of all of the achievements.”
It was a classic humble brag.