Brad Gilbert believes Novak Djokovic has a chance to beat Jimmy Connors’ all-time title record. Last week, Djokovic clinched his 90th title after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Astana Open final. Now, Djokovic sits fifth on the all-time list for most Open Era titles, as he needs 20 more titles to beat Connors’ record.
Rafael Nadal, who has 92 titles, is the only active player ahead of Djokovic. Djokovic, who is 35 years old but still perfectly healthy and fit, remains a very dominant figure in the game. «I think Djoker will get the record for most ATP titles in his career,» Gilbert tweeted after Djokovic’s triumph at the Astana Open.
After Djokovic clinched his 90th title, the on-court interviewer assumed that Djokovic probably never dreamed of winning titles in such high numbers. But Djokovic said that he truly believed that he would one day reach for the stars.
«I dared to dream, actually. I always hoped that I was going to have a great career. Obviously, I didn’t know how many finals I was going to play, how many tournaments I was going to win, but my intention was always to get there.
to the top in our sport. I am very grateful and blessed to be able to play so well at this stage of my life. You know, 35 years is not 25. But I think the experience probably in these kinds of matches and big occasions also helps to focus mentally in the right way,» Djokovic explained.
Djokovic won 90 titles in his career
Tennis host Brad Falkner recently gave his thoughts on Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast. “The numbers don’t lie.
So, a fair shake, statistically, I think he’s done very well. He has a major less than (Rafael Nadal) but otherwise, statistically I think he has nothing to worry about. I think he is a better tennis player,” he said.
“I think it’s a shame. I think it’s impossible, because essentially, you have, it’s like Lennon and McCartney, that George Harrison had the same talent; but it was always John (Lennon) and Paul (McCartney).
I think the same could be said of Roger and Rafa; Djokovic is more prolific; but the media and the fans grew with more Roger-Rafa”, he opined, adding: “Novak did not get on the board until much later.
So that was already the established rivalry. It would have been like Tracy with Martina and Chrissie, if she didn’t get injured.»