It’s time to finish the controversy round Novak Djokovic.
After he claimed a exceptional seventh Wimbledon title with an exciting four-set win in opposition to Nick Kyrgios in an exciting last on the Centre Courtroom, we have to pull down the curtain on the countless dialogue over his standing within the historical past of tennis.
His newest triumph on the lawns of the All England Membership got here after a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win in opposition to his maverick rival Kyrgios, however this victory was not wanted to cement his legacy.
Novak’s twenty first main title means he’s may one behind Rafael Nadal within the all-time race and his standing as the best participant of all-time can solely be confirmed when these two have hung up their rackets, but his contribution to our fantastic sport must be acknowledged and saluted right here and now.
All too usually, Djokovic’s brilliance on the court docket is diluted by critics who counsel he won’t ever appeal to the recognition of his nice rivals Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, however does that basically matter?
Defining who ought to be hailed as the best participant is nearly unimaginable, as loyalties to Federer, Nadal and even Rod Laver or Bjorn Borg will affect all opinions.
But this memorable Sunday underneath a Centre Courtroom baked by the south-west London sunshine reminded us all that Djokovic is a champion whose information will stand the check of time.
The weird choice of the ATP to punish their very own members by taking rating factors away from Wimbledon following the All England Membership’s choice to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means Djokovic will drop to No 7 within the ATP Rankings after his newest triumph.
But that pointless stupidity highlights the truth that numbers are usually not the one issue that counts when assessing the greatness of a participant.
Make no mistake, Djokovic is a strong gold tennis legend in each sense of the time period and the category he confirmed in his on-court interview at Wimbledon ought to banish the notion that he’s some type of ‘dangerous boy’ of the game.
After serving up a powerful and relentless efficiency to see off a spirited efficiency from Kyrgios, Novak supplied up a humorous and interesting interview that enchanted the Centre Courtroom crowd.
Confirming his ‘bromance’ with former enemy Kyrgios was actual, he went on to talk with a category befitting one of many greats of world sport.
Right here was a winner providing up humour, class and the grace of a very nice champion, as he has executed so usually down the years in moments like this.
It could be that the respect and adulation he’s due will solely come within the last years of his profession, nevertheless it doesn’t should be like that, as it is a participant and a tennis icon who deserves to be saluted for what he’s right here and now.
Being a star performer within the biggest period of tennis is greater than sufficient to make sure that Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are revered as giants of the game without end extra.
So let’s abandon the concept one of many three ought to be biggest with much less reverence as we’re fortunate to have three of the best sportsmen of all time hooked up to our sport.