very young Djokovic who already won titles etc. said, at that time, that his goal was to become #1 player in the world. nothing cocky, just showed his ambition and his wish. he trained hard, improved and actually got to #1.
saying you want to be the best player EVER is a completely different thing. It is so narcissistic. and based on what? Tomic said too many silly things btw, this is his last gem. If Tomic said 'I'd like to become #1 in the world' I wouldn't have any problem with it. At least that's something that is measurable. but 'the best player ever', what does that mean? being better than Federer? hope you understand where I'm coming from. Tomic needs to think before he open his mouth, because right now everyone is laughing at him and he is making a making a fool of himself.
precisely these words don't look serious and shouldn't be taken by the letter, that's why I don't like those gossipings on a few words because they usually focus on the least serious things or small mistakes that players say.
Besides, you probably noticed that it was his final sentence like a provokation to the initial provokation which came from the Australian establishment : I can't believe that Australian establishment, after Rafter, Cahill, Rasheed, Newcombe, Woodbridge, Hewitt, now Stosur makes a dissertation on Tomic, really ??
I heard that Gasquet couldn't succeed because of the pressure in France but I never saw all of the "legends" (small ones in my country
) and present players of French tennis all judging him and lecturing him and advicing him in the media just because he didn't reach the hype they had created : I just can't imagine that and never saw that
people were disappointed but nobody or hardly anybody lectured him like that ... and he had some common points with Tomic, like a certain deafness in his own world and lack of passion for the game.
"Everyone is laughing at him" : not because of these words but for other reasons, and I don't think these laughs reach him one minute, he's in his own thing, and clearly that's what he has to work about at the moment : his tennis, not his words in the media.
From other things he said, I know that he's a realistic guy, not at all what some think here because of a few provokations in the media. I think it's completely unreasonable taking these provokations by the letter.
Nole never said anything close to "being the best ever". It's good to have goals, but this is really over the top.
practically, saying "I will kick off Federer at 21 years old" "the king is dead, long live the king" is quite the same ambition as saying "I will be the best ever", the difference is that he used less clownish words, which shows that he did actually believe it more than Tomic does.