Former coach of Novak Djokovic, Nikola Pilic, named two tennis records which, according to him, will never be broken during an interview with the Serbian outlet Kurir.
Djokovic, 36, has not shown a single sign of decline and dominated in the entire 2023 season as he featured in all four Grand Slam finals and won three of them — Australian Open, French Open, US Open — while he was handed a defeat by Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon.
Pilic stated that he considers Djokovic to be the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) and he won’t stop talking about it.
"Since last year, I have been repeating that Nole is the GOAT and I will repeat and say that until everyone starts talking about it," Pilic said.
Pilic believes that there are two records, one includes his student Djokovic and the other one involves Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal, which will never be broken.
"I keep saying that there are two records that, in my understanding of tennis, are unattainable, those are Nadal's 14 titles at Roland Garros and Novak's 400 weeks in first place, which will be 410 until the Australian Open. I have been watching tennis for 65 years and these are all-time records," Pilic said.
Pilic then added that it doesn’t matter who he is competing with, if Djokovic is focused on his game then he can take anyone out.
"Of the 20 or 21 tournaments that Djokovic plays in a year, five or six tournaments he plays in sixth gear, and when he plays like that it doesn't even matter who is on the other side. He showed that he is still above Alcaraz and Sinner and that is primarily because of his mental strength and self-confidence," he added.
It must be noted that Djokovic recently clinched the ATP Finals after beating Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the final and confirmed that he has no intention to stop and is now aiming for a “Golden Slam” — winning all major titles and a gold medal in the Olympics — for the next year.