Djokovic's former coach questions Connor's title record

Nikola Pilic considers Djokovic's titles more important than Connors' record

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Djokovic's former coach questions Connor's title record
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Nikola Pilic, former coach of the 24-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic, expressed his opinion on the Serbian champion's next goal: reaching and beating the title records of Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer. Pilic questioned the record belonging to Connors, who according to him, he won titles not comparable to those obtained by the Serbian champion, who holds the record in the Slams, in the Masters 1000, and in the ATP Finals.

"That record is not that important to me, it's not relevant. I know Connors and I beat him once in Philadelphia, but he won 90% of his titles in the 250 in America. The level of tennis then and now is not is absolutely comparable.

Tennis is very different, times have changed, but what speaks clearly is that Novak is the best in all six categories that count, and this is what you can see, the numbers say it all," he declared the coach to the Serbian newspaper Kurir.

Pilic has no doubts about who is still the best in the world, despite his venerable age: "I've been repeating it since last year, Djokovic is the GOAT and I will repeat it until everyone admits it. Djokovic only plays with the sixth 5-6 tournaments of the 20 he plays per year.

In the end it doesn't even matter who is on the other side, he has incredible mental strength and self-confidence and has also recently shown that he is above Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner."

Djokovic's next record

Novak Djokovic won the 98th title of his extraordinary career at the ATP Finals.

The Serbian is achieving all kinds of records and has no intention of stopping. In his sights, as he himself admitted, he has the 109 ATP titles of Jimmy Connors, an American tennis player of the 70s, who ended his career in 1996, when Nole was only 9 years old.

Second on the list is Roger Federer, who has won 103 career titles. We recall this season Nole overcame the Slam record of Rafael Nadal (22 Slams), winning the Australian Open, the Roland Garros e the US Open, reaching 24 Majors. He also won his 7th ATP Finals, overcoming Roger Federer (6).