Eye of the Coach #85: Djokovic settled the GOAT debate

In the latest episode of The Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou compares Roger Federer in 2017 to Novak Djokovic in 2023

November 29, 2023

2023 was one of the best in Novak Djokovic’s career, up there with the level of the Serb’s record-breaking 2015 season, says Patrick Mouratoglou.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion won three of the four majors this year, reaching all four finals, and finished the year as the No 1 for a record-extending eighth time in his career.

And in the latest episode of The Eye of the Coach, Mouratoglou takes a look at Djokovic’s incredible season and assesses whether the late-season renaissance Roger Federer enjoyed in 2017 is on par with what Djokovic has achieved this season.

key moments of eye of the coach

  • 0.00 – The only debate people can have now is “who is my favourite player”. Who is the best? No more debate.
  • 0.10 – 2023 is one of the best seasons of Djokovic’s career.
  • 0.40 – Playing in the same era as Roger and Rafa says how great Djokovic’s achievements have been
  • 1.13 – Is Novak of 2023 better than the Novak of 2015?
  • 1.47 – How do Roger’s achievements of 2017 compare with Novak’s 2023?
  • 02.00 – Federer’s improved backhand made him a better player in 2017 than before
  • 02.14 – At 36/37, Federer did not dominate as Djokovic currently is doing
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