Jensen picks Federer ahead of Novak Djokovic in the GOAT race.
1993 French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen said there is no way Novak Djokovic can be the “tennis version of James Bond” as that can only be Roger Federer. Jensen, who was across the court from Djokovic during the 2021 US Open final, said he had never seen the Serb so afraid.
A record 21st Grand Slam and a Calendar Grand Slam was at stake for Djokovic in the US Open final. “I was on the court with the biggest men’s match in over 50 years – Rod Laver won the calendar Grand Slam in 1969.
And you’ve got Novak Djokovic, which, you know, all these years later playing at last year’s US Open for that calendar grand slam against Medvedev,” Jensen said, per Sportskeeda. “I was across the court from Novak.
And I’d never seen him so panicked, so afraid of the match, of the moment.” “The nerves that really got to him that he couldn’t function, he was crying towards the end of the match, and during the match on the sideline, it was so overwhelming.
He wants to be liked so bad by the crowd.”
Jensen says Federer is the GOAT
The pressure was too big for Djokovic in the US Open final as Daniil Medvedev claimed a straight-set win to capture his maiden Grand Slam.
“And unfortunately, he (Djokovic) didn’t win that match. But he I think he’s trying to reach for something that – there’s no way he can be the tennis version of James Bond. Roger Federer is James Bond,” Jensen said.
Jensen then went on to explain why he considers Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time. “He’s (Roger Federer) the greatest player that ever played because of what he does on the court,” Jensen said.
“But also off the court the way he conducts himself. He doesn’t get in these jams and messes that that Novak seems to get into, like from time to time consistently now.”