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Couch: Djokovic’s French Open Puts Him Right Smack In Middle Of GOAT Debate

Novak Djokovic is there now with them, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It has been the Big Three for a while, but really, it was the two tennis gods and then Djokovic, mostly for comic relief or as an unmatched sock. Djokovic won his 19th major title Sunday, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas — the most likely young player to take over when the Big Three allow it — in the French Open final 6-7 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. And yes, that means he has won 18 of these majors before. But still, this was Djokovic’ crowning moment, especially after beating Nadal in the semifinals. Djokovic is clearly in tennis’ GOAT debate now. His fans, always loud and defensive and usually aggressive and offensive, have not been patient about this. They’ve insisted that he was already here. But this was the weekend for that. Nineteen majors. The biggest win in his GOAT resume will be his semifinal over Nadal, which was one of the greatest matches ever played. What does it take to be the GOAT? Is it just incredible stats? Is it an objective measure? No. It also takes an aura and a wow factor, usually something that gets […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.