Coach Patrick Mouratoglou says the GOAT race between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal «is now really starting» after the news that the Serb will be able to compete in all four Grand Slams this year. Last year, Djokovic was denied participation in the Australian Open and the US Open.
At the start of the 2023 season, Djokovic enjoyed a triumphant return to the Australian Open. According to reports from the United States, the Biden Administration will end all emergency measures for COVID-19 as of May 11.
«Novak Djokovic will be able to play the 4 GS in 2023. The GOAT race will really start», Mouratoglou wrote on Twitter.
Novak Djokovic will be able to play the 4 GS in 2023.
The GOAT race will really start… — Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) February 1, 2023
Mouratoglou: GOAT race between Djokovic, Nadal now really begins
By winning the Australian Open, Djokovic tied Nadal on the list of all-time Grand Slam records with 22 Majors.
The next Grand Slam will take place at the end of May and beginning of June at the French Open. After tying Nadal on the list of all-time Grand Slam records, Djokovic stressed that he «doesn’t want to stop here.» «Of course, I am motivated to win as many Slams as possible.
At this stage of my career, these trophies are the biggest motivating factor for which I continue to compete. That is the case without a doubt. I never really liked comparing myself to others, but of course, it’s a privilege to be part of the discussion as one of the greatest players of all time.
If people see me this way, of course, it’s very flattering because I know that I put as much effort and energy into trying to win Grand Slams as anyone else. I still have a lot of motivation. Let’s see where it takes me. I really don’t want to stop here.
I have no intention of stopping here. I feel very good with my tennis. I know that when I feel good physically and mentally, I have a chance to win any Grand Slam against anyone,» Djokovic said.